Here is a brief weekly update on some current activities, items of interest, and engagement opportunities of the RTA business coalition–feel free to share with your associates.

RTA Transit Vice Chair Valerie Jordan appointed to NCDOT Board
Congratulations to Valerie Jordan with Cisco who has been appointed to the NC Board of Transportation  representing Division 5 which includes Wake, Durham, and several nearby counties. Valerie also serves as our RTA regional transit vice chair. For the past two years, she has provided excellent leadership for RTA on the Wake Transit referendum and other mobility issues that impact our community.

Draft 2018 Wake Transit work plan released
We will soon begin to see the fruits our shared, cooperative labors in Wake County with the first round of enhanced transit investments beginning this summer. And, we have an opportunity to provide feedback to Wake Transit partners. Read this short blog to learn more about what has been proposed during the first year of implementation, and how you can engage and offer suggestions. The RTA Leadership Team will also discuss the proposed 2018 work plan this coming week.

New traffic scorecard ranks Triangle far better than peer markets
The 2016 INRIX congestion study was just released, ranking cities across the U.S. and the globe by the number of peak hours the average commuter spent in traffic. The study showed Raleigh drivers spent 18 hours in congestion; Durham drivers 9.5 hours. Several peer competitor cities ranked far worse–Atlanta at 71, Boston at 57, and Austin at 47. If we continue to advance key freeway and transit investments, we can stay ahead of the traffic curve as we grow.

We are honored to work with each of our members on critical mobility issues that will support and enhance economic vitality across the Triangle.

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director