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

RTA BRT Opportunity Series – initial speakers confirmed
We are pleased to announce several speakers for our upcoming BRT Opportunity Series event on October 24: Dr. Meredith Weiss from Virginia Commonwealth University and Carrie Rose Pace from Richmond’s transit agency will join Durham Commissioner Ellen Reckhow, NCDOT Deputy Secretary Julie White, and RTA Transit Chair Brad Ives from UNC Chapel Hill for the event. In addition, we will have several RTA member firms providing examples of BRT from other markets. RTA is conducting the event in concert with our western Triangle founding chambers of commerce serving Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Thank you to AECOM, WSP, Kimley-Horn, HNTB, UNC, and RDU for agreeing to sponsor the event! Visit  letsgetmoving.org/BRTseries for more details, including sponsorship opportunities and registration information.

Speaking of BRT – please take this Raleigh BRT survey
The City of Raleigh is advancing four bus rapid transit corridors that will serve the capital city along with nearby portions of Cary and Garner – and potentially other communities in Wake County. The City has an ongoing survey about some potential concepts for the first bus rapid transit line along New Bern Avenue and would welcome feedback from interested members of the community. I encourage you to take 5 minutes and complete the survey – you will quickly get up to speed on some of the “typical sections” that the project is considering at this initial stage, and you will have an opportunity to effectively engage.

What to do about Glenwood Avenue in far west Raleigh
In this week’s Thursday Thoughts at 3, I highlighted a couple options that NCDOT is exploring to make your trek along US 70 east of I-540 a bit easier and safer. Both would widen the street and add a shared multiuse path on the south side; one would incorporate reduced conflict intersections in order to create a synchronized street along Glenwood. Read this week’s blog and/or the N&O article to get some additional background, and then go to this Monday evening’s public meeting if you have time.

Thank you for your investment in the RTA business coalition!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director