Wake County mayors unanimously support accelerating 540 
Accelerate 540 received even more support this week, as the Wake County Mayors Association unanimously endorsed a resolution to complete 540. A copy of the resolution was provided at Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Capital Area MPO executive board. The Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board – a group of leaders representing the 11 Johnston Co. municipalities and appointed by the County Commissioners – also unanimously endorsed the immediate funding and construction of 540. Accelerating 540 to I-40 is the top priority of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition and it will remain so until it is under construction.

Tri-MAP forum features Sec. Trogdon and 20+ partner updates
The Triangle Mobility Action Partnership (Tri-MAP) forum coordinated by RTA has moved to a “3/3” format, where we will meet 3x/year, with 3 minute updates from partners after a keynote. At this week’s forum, NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon provided an excellent overview presentation on the proposed Build NC initiative. The meeting also featured quick updates from more than 20 regional partners on key local, regional, state, and national transportation initiatives. The RTA business coalition thanks each of our local, regional, state, and national partners for making the Triangle area America’s Most Forward-Moving Region and for keeping commerce moving.

NCDOT hosts statewide public transportation strategic plan summit
This week, NCDOT held a statewide summit to highlight strategic planning efforts around intercity transit connections. The new statewide strategic plan will feature a proposed Connected Statewide Network with 70 suggested new routes, linking rural and urban areas with scheduled transit service to give more North Carolinians access to major hospitals, community colleges and employment centers. The final report will be released in mid-2018. Thank you to our partners at NCDOT for continuing to elevate transportation solutions to bring urban and rural North Carolina together.

Thank you for your membership in the RTA business coalition, the voice of the regional business community on transportation.

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director