RTA weekly member briefing – July 7, 2017
Here is a brief weekly update on some items of interest and current activities of the RTA business coalition – the voice of the regional business community on transportation. Feel free to share with your associates.
Low-cost project fund approved — a legislative win for RTA and the region
The approved legislative budget includes $44 million in annual recurring funds for NCDOT to accelerate lower-cost projects. Called a “Mobility/Modernization” fund, some projects will be selected by our local NCDOT division engineers while others will be determined by the state traffic engineer, guided by selection criteria. RTA requested and lobbied for the creation of this fund which will help advance turn lanes, signal retiming, and other quick and cost-effective solutions.
Capital funds for RDU approved — another legislative win
The approved legislative budget also includes more than $30 million annually in recurring funds (beginning in 2018) to help RDU rebuild and construct the vital aviation infrastructure called for in the RDU Master Plan, including the most critical two miles of pavement in the Triangle: primary runway 5L-23R. Funding the RDU Master Plan is one of our top 3 priorities for 2017 – while the newly approved legislative funds will not provide all of the resources required to execute the 20-year master plan, they are an enormous win and serve as a testament to the ongoing efforts of RDU CEO Mike Landguth and his colleagues on highlighting the importance of maintaining and expanding the economic engine that is RDU Airport.
Draft bike share plans advancing
The City of Raleigh is proceeding with a spring 2018 implementation of a new bike share program that could form the basis of a regional system. 30 bike share stations are tentatively slated to be located throughout Downtown Raleigh and nearby portions of east and west Raleigh. Some bicycles will have electric assistance to make climbing our region’s hills a little easier. Bicycle share will complement the City of Raleigh’s ongoing efforts to expand bicycle infrastructure and create new travel options for residents, workers, and visitors.
I look forward to celebrating these and other wins with you next Friday at our annual RTA breakfast event – if you have not yet registered, please click here to RSVP.
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director