Below is more information about RTA engagement on our priorities and a few testimonials from key partners.

  • Spearheaded regional lobbying effort for 540/147 Triangle Expressway — including coordination of SW-Wake-mayors-RTA-I-540-resolution to consider tolls for 540, coordination of resolutions of multiple communities to support tolls to advance 147 extension, and advocacy for multiple critical legislation including $25 million per year in gap funding, toll revenue retention legislation to ensure toll revenues remain on the corridor, and legislative and MPO approval of the turnpike.  These efforts led to the creation of the first modern turnpike and largest transportation project in North Carolina history and America’s most advanced toll road:  16 miles of new turnpike freeway in southern Durham and western Wake counties, all open by 2012, with full compatibility with E-ZPass, Florida SunPass, and NC Quick Pass during 2013.
    • “The Triangle Expressway is a compelling success story that wouldn’t have been written without the Regional Transportation Alliance. RTA’s leadership and support was essential for the project’s approval and financing—without RTA’s endorsement and ongoing leadership for several years, the project wouldn’t exist. I will always be personally grateful as should the citizens of this state, and especially this region.” – David Joyner, former executive director, North Carolina Turnpike Authority
    • The Regional Transportation Alliance has done a lot with scaling our transportation infrastructure as our market continues to grow…we would not have had the toll road if RTA hadn’t been in place.”
      Harvey Schmitt, president emeritus, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce – TBJ interview
  • Complete 540 study for southeast Wake County restarted in 2013 as a result of RTA and Town of Garner-coordinated efforts to hire national environmental policy firm and coordinate southern Wake partners group — these efforts to clarify the landscape of options and solution paths led to the 2013 repeal of legislation that had delayed the project and allowed the study of 540 to proceed. 
    • “Without RTA’s involvement of bringing all the interested parties together, we would never have been able to move 540 forward in southern and eastern Wake County — it’s just that simple.  RTA was the only group that had the relationships and strength to get the turnpike project back on track.”
      Terry Gibson, PE, former chief engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Successfully received approval in 2013 for Interstate and future Interstate designation for I-495 / future I-495 along US 64 freeway between I-540 and I-95 in Wake, Franklin, and Nash counties after nine years of RTA advocacy, with new signage posted in 2014 and 2015. RTA has also spearheaded the continuing push for a Future Interstate 87 corridor from Raleigh to Hampton Roads via northeastern North Carolina in cooperation with partner organizations in eastern NC and southeastern VA.
    • “In 2003 Joe Milazzo from the business leadership group Regional Transportation Alliance approached the NC Northeast Regional Partnership to discuss a possible interstate corridor that would connect I-40 in Raleigh to I-64 in Hampton Roads. Over the years, this route became one of the region’s major logistical priorities. And through all these years, Joe has remained a solid supporter and advisor for the “I-87 corridor”. Much of the progress made to date began at that first discussion in 2003.  Thank you Joe for your long term support and assistance!”Vann Rogerson, Senior VP, NC East Alliance and former President and CEO, NC Northeast Regional Partnership
  • I-40 Cary/Raleigh widening project completed 2011 – initiated by an RTA-suggested alternative concept in 2007 – with fewer lanes in short term, lower construction costs, and faster implementation – which unclogged the region’s top bottleneck, and resulted in peak travel time savings of around 30% and peak travel time reliability improvements of 70%. Click here for more information.
  • Endorsed both the Durham County and Orange County transit referenda, each of which passed with around 60 percent of the vote in November 2011 and November 2012, respectively, along with transit empowerment legislation (H148) in 2009
  • Spearheaded regional campaign to advance the Triangle Connector to I-85 / East End Connector — including meetings with NCDOT and regional leadership, regional branding effort, advocacy for a smaller, less expensive initial footprint, and a review of loop funding criteria. The Connector began construction in spring 2015 after more than 50 years in the planning stages.
  • Led regional effort to create North Carolina’s first freeway traffic flow protection initiative by successfully lobbying for ramp metering signals authorization legislation, which was signed by Governor McCrory in July 2014 (H1025) and will facilitate the introduction of part-time ramp metering signals on freeway on-ramps in North Carolina.  The first ramp meters are slated for I-540 westbound onramps with activation expected in 2016.
  • Advanced successful planning efforts for North Carolina’s first Bus on Shoulders System (BOSS) pilot through the I-40 Regional Partnership coordinated by RTA; BOSS launched in Durham County in July 2012, expanded in Durham, Wake, and Johnston counties in 2013, and with 60 active shoulder miles is now the largest BOSS network mileage in the United States outside of Minnesota’s Twin Cities region
  • Successfully requested funding for new interchange on U.S. 70/Brier Creek Parkway and improvements for I-40/Aviation Parkway interchange, which together were awarded $17 million in 2012 as a result of RTA Mobility Fund submittals; these interchange projects were among the highest-ranking projects in the new Statewide Strategic Transportation Investments process initial scoring in March 2014
  • Successfully lobbied for the retention of $500 million in federal funding for higher speed rail improvements between Raleigh and Charlotte, enabling enhanced future passenger rail options in the Piedmont Crescent
  • Adoption of fair share contribution opportunity for electric vehicles in state budget in 2013, resulting from RTA request and advocacy
  • Implementation of RTA-requested speed limit requests on more than 80 miles of freeway. Approved and implemented projects include I-540, NC 540, Toll 540, Toll 147, and US 1 South to 70 MPH (from 65 MPH), NC 147 to 65 MPH (from 55 MPH), and Aviation Parkway, US 15-501, and Wade Avenue Extension freeways to 60 MPH (from 55 MPH) from 2012 to 2015.
  • Successful advocacy for Strategic Transportation Investments bill in 2013 which has created a new, data-driven, statewide funding formula
  • RTA-funded research on controlled roundabouts published by US Transportation Research Board in 2014 subsequent to January 2014 presentation at TRB Annual Meeting and 2013 RTA Solutions Forum presentation