Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation.

A fortnight until our RDU findings, and to our 540 fête
We are only two weeks away from The State of Mobility 2020 event. At our annual meeting on Friday, January 17, we will provide our initial findings on our review of RDU Airport’s funding needs, and also celebrate the acceleration of 540 in southern Wake by honoring NCDOT and Southern Environmental Law Center for coming together to move our region forward. You have just one week left to RSVP for the event — register online here.

A dauntless resolution for 2020
In our first weekly Thursday Thoughts at Three blog for 2020, we noted that our theme for the year would be “dauntless resolution”, in honor of the inscription of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Our past year and decade certainly reflected that outlook, given our successes with 540, transit, and more. We will need to continue to possess dauntless resolution in 2020 and beyond to achieve sustainable funding for RDU and advancement of our regional multimodal freeway system.

Regional FAST network RFP – update
Last month we released an RFP concerning the advancement of a regional Freeway And Street-based Transit (FAST) network to complement, extend, and link the proposed bus rapid transit corridors, while providing seamless connections to the proposed commuter rail. I mentioned the study in my New Year’s column in the N&O last week. Let me know if you have questions, and please inform firms or teams of the study. We are pleased to be funding the study in concert with GoTriangle and NCDOT who had this to say:

“NCDOT greatly appreciates RTA for initiating this study effort – the Department believes this could serve as a template for other areas to advance regional transit across the state.”
– Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, NCDOT

“We are pleased to work with RTA and NCDOT on this important study as we look for more opportunities to improve and expand our regional transit network together.”
– Shelley Curran, Interim President and CEO, GoTriangle

Thank you for being a part of the voice of the regional business community on transportation in 2020!

Let’s get moving, Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director