RTA weekly member briefing – May 25, 2018
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.
Continuing the push for accelerating 540
Thank you to everyone who has sent notes expressing thanks and support for NCDOT’s efforts to accelerate 540 in southern Wake County. This vital project will help ensure that we have a resilient, multimodal transportation network that can meet the demands of growth in our region. We invite you to contact Beau Memory, N.C. Turnpike Authority Executive Director, and/or Jim Trogdon, NCDOT Secretary of Transportation, with this simple email of thanks, or a similar note.
Broad support for faster regional transit
The approved Wake Transit plan will initiate commuter rail and bus rapid transit in our region’s most populous county and complement light rail, commuter rail, and BRT in Durham and Orange counties. Our friends at Capital Area Friends of Transit, a broad transit coalition coordinated by WakeUP Wake County that we partnered with on the 2016 referendum, have developed a nice letter that encourages accelerated movement on Wake Transit implementation where possible. We have signed on to that letter, and you can view it here.
RTA participates in wireless infrastructure conference
I had the opportunity to speak on a panel on autonomous vehicles earlier this week along with NCDOT State Traffic Engineer Kevin Lacy, at the “Connect(X)” Connectivity Expo in Charlotte coordinated by the Wireless Infrastructure Association. I spoke of the importance of continued engagement by the regional business community, and investment in scalable mobility infrastructure. Existing and future freeways like 540 will serve as mobility conduits for commuting, commerce, and transit that will continue to be needed in a growing region, whether the driver is you, a colleague, a bus driver, or no one at all.
Business leadership gets the region moving — thank you for your investment in enhanced regional mobility through the RTA!
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director