Over the past 12 years, RTA successfully advocated for the construction, enhancement, and advancement of more than 250 miles of freeway worth more than $3.3 billion—including relief of the region’s most severe bottleneck and the construction of the largest freeway project in state history.

RTA has successfully pushed more than 80 miles of freeway speed limit increases, 60 shoulder miles of bus on shoulder, and more than 20 miles of bus rapid transit, along with the approval of two countywide transit referenda and a new transatlantic flight.

Several of these initiatives are saving users between 10 and 40 percent or more in travel time along key corridors.

See below for current year RTA successes.  You can also view the top accomplishments of the RTA business coalition as well as an expanded history of success for the organization.


2015 RTA Accomplishments

RTA COMMUNICATIONS, ENGAGEMENT, AND AWARENESS

  • Media presence expands for business leadership on transportation with more than 25 news mentions since January 2015
  • RTA Twitter presence expands to more than 600 followers
  • Refreshed e-newsletter, “RTA Action/News” developed for members and partners
  • More than 25 “Driving the Conversation” blogs authored by RTA staff and volunteers

RTA EVENTS

  • State of Mobility 2014 event surpasses 300 attendees and exceeds budgeted revenue, providing glimpse into future of high quality transit options
  • RTA 2015 Transportation Breakfast on air service sees nearly 200 attendees and showcases national experts on domestic and international air service
  • Led transit and air service break-out sessions in Austin, Tx. as part of Raleigh Chamber inter-city visit in April
  • Held five “Draft” meetings during past 18 months to engage members and partners on current issues

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • RTA Leadership Team engagement visibility benefits enhanced while retaining existing price structure for 13th consecutive year
  • Leadership Team investors grow 50% over past two years
  • More than 15 companies added to RTA Leadership and Bronze membership levels

LEGISLATION AND POLICY

  • I-44 initiative gains two-state Congressional support to designate Raleigh to Hampton Roads, Va. as future interstate; unanimous support in NC, bipartisan support in Va.
  • Balanced access and user fee-based approach included in state budget proposals – consistent with RTA recommendations

FREEWAYS AND INTERCHANGES

  • Triangle Connector to I-85 goes under construction, achieving RTA’s top freeway priority and enabling future I-885 corridor connection between I-85 and RTP
  • Complete 540 studies advance with preferred alternative to be determined this year
  • I-440/Fortify rebuild achieves substantial completion with only minimal delays to commerce
  • I-40/Fortify rebuild successfully proceeds with close cooperation between NCDOT and RTA regarding outreach and congestion relief options
  • Shoulder Managed Lanes action team launched with NCDOT to advance studies
  • US 70 freeway conversion moves forward with funding for more than 50% of corridor, advancing RTA mobility fund and strategic prioritization priorities
  • US 1 freeway conversion north of I-540 to Wake Forest approved with full funding
  • Freeway speed limit increase requests approved by NCDOT for NC 147 and US 15-501 in Durham County
  • Aviation Parkway interchange moves forward, advancing RTA mobility fund priority

STREETS AND INTERSECTIONS

  • I-40 Partnership 2-pagers adopted by NCDOT to highlight innovative intersections
  • NCDOT endorses and adopts Synchronized Streets name and creates new brochure to increase opportunity for public support of innovations

REGIONAL TRANSIT

  • Robust Wake Transit process with multiple scenarios endorsed by bipartisan, broad based community advisory committee
  • Bus rapid transit (BRT) incorporated into multiple transit scenarios for Wake County
  • RTA creates simplified scenario maps and presentation deck with information already incorporated by Wake County in outreach efforts

HIGHER SPEED RAIL

  • Raleigh Union Station groundbreaking held, launching the construction of the southern terminus of future higher speed rail to Richmond

RDU AIR SERVICE

  • Air Service Advancement Project (ASAP) established by RTA to secure second transcontinental flight for RDU Airport
  • New carriers Allegiant Airlines and Alaska Airlines join RDU Airport family
  • Third non-stop West Coast destination secured with new direct flight to Seattle, marking fifth daily nonstop flight to the west coast
  • More flights by Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines at RDU Airport