Member briefing: January 17, 2020

Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation.

RTA annual meeting – dauntless resolution on RDU funding begins
It was a pleasure to see you and so many other business leaders and partners at this afternoon’s The State of Mobility 2020 event. RTA members and friends received preliminary findings and recommendations from our RDU AID task force, which are posted here:, and which received great media coverage (scroll down a bit on the event page). The 12 members of the task force took their role on behalf of the organization and the region very seriously, and I am grateful for their leadership. I urge you to read their preliminary findings and recommendations and share and discuss it with your colleagues. This conversation on RDU funding is just the beginning — they are only preliminary recommendations after all — and the task force and our organization need the input of the entire business community and beyond, so be sure to engage on the front end.

Innovation is amazing
The annual meeting keynote presentations this afternoon from Dr. Stuart Ginn, medical director of WakeMed Innovations, and Dr. Marc Hoit, vice chancellor for information technology and CIO at NC State, were very well received. They were rapid, high energy, informative, and inspiring. I am pleased that we have these two leaders working in our region— at RTA member organizations no less—to make our community better, faster. You can download the entire presentation deck from our annual meeting, including both of our keynote presentations, here.

The State of Mobility 2020 – let’s keep things moving
Natalie Ridout and I presented our organization’s annual State of Mobility presentation to the membership. We spoke about a number of significant past and ongoing contributions by the business community to the advancement of transportation, travel options, and congestion relief, in concert with some of the best regional transportation partners in the country. The presentation deck from our annual meeting here includes our 2020 State of Mobility presentation.

Regional FAST network RFP reminder: deadline Thursday at 4 p.m.
A reminder that proposals for the RTA regional Freeway And Street-based Transit (FAST) network RFP are due this coming Thursday at 4 p.m. Questions from last week’s pre-submittal conference call, and any follow-up questions, are available on that webpage.

Thanks to each of you for your contributions to the RTA business coalition!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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