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

RTA top 3 priorities move forward
Our region has achieved significant movement on our top 3 priorities this spring. NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon and Turnpike Executive Beau Memory are actively working to Accelerate 540. Meanwhile, the Senate budget approved this week includes significant funding for RDU to rebuild its runway–which airport CEO Mike Landguth has consistently noted is essential for the continued prosperity of our region–as well as funding for a new Mobility/Modernization Fund to accelerate small projects.

NC Chamber report on transportation funding
Our colleagues at the NC Chamber funded a recent study by a DC-based research firm of road conditions across the state. The report found that out of the state’s largest urban areas, the Triangle has the highest percentage of roadways in “good” or “fair” condition. I participated in a news conference yesterday about the report where I described the fundamental reason that RTA exists as a business organization: “When people think of the Triangle, they don’t think of traffic, they think of growth, they think of prosperity, they think of innovation. We’d like to keep it that way.”

Cleantech Cluster hosts autonomous vehicle workshop
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is hosting a meeting next week on autonomous vehicle technology. The event takes place Friday, May 19, 8 a.m., at RTP Headquarters. RTA members can receive a discount off of registration; use promo code “RTA”.      

Please follow my new professional Twitter account @JoeMilazzoII. I will incorporate broader perspectives in addition to our ongoing @RTATriangle Twitter account which now has more than 1,000 followers thanks to your engagement.

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director