RSVP by Monday for Thursday’s RTA annual meeting
This Thursday, December 14, is our 16th RTA annual meeting. We will be releasing our new State of Mobility report which highlights the current state of transportation in our growing region. We have well over 200 registrants already, and our formal deadline to sign-up is today, so register here. Note: while I would love for you to sign up by today if you have not already done so, if you register by this Monday, Dec. 11, I promise to ask Natalie nicely to let you in and you should be good-to-go. And remember, one or more tickets are already included with your membership.

Enhanced transit service for Durham? Yes, and you can help choose it.
While both the Durham-Orange light rail and the commuter rail between Durham and Wake counties will be game-changing regional mobility projects, they are around 10 years away from opening. However, GoTriangle and GoDurham are actively reviewing potential shorter-term enhancements to transit, including a possible 4-5 mile expansion of the Durham area frequent network. You can review 2 different scenario options and take a survey here.

30-year regional transportation plan open for comment
The Capital Area MPO and the Durham Chapel-Hill Carrboro MPO are developing the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for multimodal transportation improvements across the Triangle. You can provide comments here – draft project maps are here.

Future of NC event highlights possibilities
I had the honor of moderating a panel at this week’s Future of North Carolina forum, hosted by the North Carolina Chamber in Raleigh. One of the panelists, an executive with Volvo Group (which has its US headquarters in Greensboro) spoke of several remarkable initiatives including an electric hybrid bus and an autonomous refuse truck. Autonomous vehicles are coming quickly and North Carolina has the opportunity to be at the center of things from both a policy and a manufacturing standpoint.

I look forward to seeing you all next week — thank you for your membership in RTA!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director