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Virginia is for lovers of transit options

This week, the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition is spearheading a delegation of 60+ Triangle area leaders as we tour transit options in central and northern Virginia. This 36-hour regional business community-led briefing and tour — RTA is conducting this in concert with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber For a Greater […]

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Perhaps the best user fee for highway funding isn’t a “user fee” at all

This morning, I presented to the NC Board of Transportation Funding Appropriations and Strategies (FAST) Committee at their monthly meeting in Raleigh. After introducing the RTA business leadership organization, I spoke of our support of an “access-based” approach as a simpler method to stabilize highway funding, in the face of increasing demands for resources, and amidst […]

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Raleigh is top 5 in US for young adults

I rarely write about age cohorts — Generation X, Millennial, Baby Boomer, etc. — as I am typically more focused on overall community success and prosperity. Still, this short Redfin piece, mentioned in the Brandon Donnelly real estate and technology blog that I follow, caught my attention this weekend. The gist is this: Of the 50 largest American […]

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RTA June 2019 tour preview

The RTA and our western Triangle chamber partners are looking forward to our first out-of-market tour for 2019, when the regional business community travels to central and northern Virginia to learn about transit and land use in two peer markets. From June 20 to 21, 2019 we will visit and/or learn about three different bus […]

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Let’s “combine” Raleigh and Durham — into “the R&D cities” of North Carolina

Of course, we will still be the Research Triangle region — and no, we don’t actually need to get rid of the boundary between the two cities — but this playful exercise may help bring to light who we are as smart, innovative, and collaborative regional community. One question that frequently comes up in economic development, […]

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The many travel benefits of cleaner roadways

RTA is pleased to partner with the NC Department of Transportation and the NC State Highway Patrol for the statewide Spring Litter Sweep initiative, which began April 13 and runs through this Saturday, April 27. One of our primary goals is to help increase awareness of this effort to improve the appearance and travel experience of […]

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A transit opportunity

This week we released a statement, in concert with our founding chambers of commerce from Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, affirming the regional business community’s ongoing focus on accelerating multimodal solutions, particularly in the western Triangle, in light of the discontinuation of the light rail project. The current situation is obviously not ideal. However, it does […]

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