Member Briefing: February 14, 2020

America’s first Dynamic Left Turn Intersection has opened
NCDOT and the Town of Cary launched the nation’s first “dynamic left turn intersection” in Cary today. RTA approached NCDOT with the DLTi concept a little over two years ago, after thinking about a potential way for intersections with two left turn lanes to operate more efficiently during off-peak times. During off-peak periods, the dynamic left turn intersection closes one of the left turn lanes – using an overhead red “X”, similar to what you see by PNC Arena – which enables the display of a flashing yellow arrow during lower volume times.  We applaud NCDOT and the Town of Cary for their partnership and willingness to explore innovative techniques like this! We are excited to learn more about the pilot in Cary and the upcoming pilot in Clayton later this spring.

BRT scores big in the Triangle
In our weekly blog, we noted that both Raleigh’s and Chapel Hill’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) projects received a rating of “medium” or higher by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) this week. This is essential for their continued progress under the federal small starts program, and terrific news for transit in the region.  The Raleigh New Bern Avenue BRT project actually achieved a score of “medium-high”, which is notable because it is the highest rating a transit corridor in this region has ever achieved — bus or rail.

Date, time, and pricing change for RTA Innovations forum
The RTA Innovations and Solutions Forum series highlights new intersection innovations and other ways to improve roads and streets quickly and safely. Hosted by the regional business community in partnership with NCDOT and many other regional and local partners, this event series features presentations from member companies as well as local and state transportation leaders. Our new spring 2020 date is Thursday, April 16, from 2 – 4:30 pm. Hosted by RTA Leadership Team member SAS, the event is included with your RTA membership, and you can have up to 4 attendees. Additional tickets for you, and for non-RTA members, are $35 each. Registration is open here; contact Natalie with questions.

Your membership provides the sustained focus needed to get and keep key initiatives on track. Thank you for your support!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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