Member Briefing: March 27, 2020

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

Coronavirus and mobility — now, and future implications
The short-term mobility impacts of the coronavirus on our region have been, and will continue to be, mixed. Traffic is down, air quality is better, but based on the price of gasoline today — I paid $1.49/gal this afternoon — fuel tax revenues will fall. I offered some additional thoughts during our weekly Thursday blog here; I would welcome your observations as well.

Equitable transit — your turn to offer feedback
The regional business community has been a strong supporter of the Wake County transit plan — which will construct four bus rapid transit lines over the next seven years — as well as the proposed BRT line in Chapel Hill, which will also be activated during that time frame. Raleigh has launched a companion initiative, equitable development around transit, that is focused on both housing affordability and expanding opportunity around these enhanced transit options. You can download and listen to this helpful presentation with audio from the kickoff meeting for more information. I also encourage you to take this survey and offer your perspectives on the initiative.

NCDOT — new, and frankly excellent, division guides released
Our friends at NCDOT have compiled a series of excellent guides that highlight the operations of the various highway divisions serving our market. Here are links to the guides for Wake, Durham, and our northern counties; Orange and points west; Johnston, Wayne, Nash and points southeast; and Chatham, Lee, Moore and our southwestern counties. All of the division guides are available here.

Together we will continue to provide regional business leadership to get our region moving faster. Thank you for your engagement!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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