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

RTA launches RDU airport infrastructure development (AID) task force
Identifying sustainable funding for RDU has been at the forefront of our priorities — currently it is priority “1-A” for the organization — and given the growth in the market and at the airport, it has become more critical. We have named a 12-member regional task force to explore expense and revenue options for Raleigh-Durham International Airport in response to accelerated growth and capital funding needs at RDU. The RTA RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (“AID”) task force will review relevant information about RDU’s infrastructure and operating needs and formulate recommendations for new sources of revenue and funding. TBJ has an excellent article about our initiative here The regional business community is committed to supporting RDU and identifying new and sustainable funding solutions through the RTA RDU AID task force. Additional information about the initiative, including FAQs, is available via letsgetmoving.org/RDUAID.

RDU’s website just made parking even easier to reserve
You know that I have previously spoken about the convenience — and stress reduction — of booking your parking at RDU online in advance using parkrdu.com. The airport has just made our life even easier: you can now reserve parking and check current demands in the various parking locations via the home page at RDU.com. Anything that makes the air travel experience more predictable is welcome  — kudos to our friends at RDU for simplifying their website and our travel!

Raleigh – Fayetteville freeway advancing
The total distance between the capital city and the state’s sixth largest city is about 65 miles. The fastest way to travel between Raleigh and Fayetteville is via I-40 and I-95. Fortunately, the vast majority of that distance is about to be widened to at least 8 lanes — from Raleigh to south of NC 42 along I-40 in Johnston County, as well as the entire stretch of I-95 between I-40 and Fayetteville. Interstate 40 is under construction right now, and I-95 will go under construction later this year. I-40 will be completed in about 3 years; in about 5-6 years the I-95 work will be done and we will have a streamlined connection between Raleigh and Fayetteville, with 40 out of 55 freeway miles at 8 lanes or more.

Thank you for your investment in enhanced regional mobility through your membership in the RTA! 

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director