Member briefing: August 14, 2020

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

This week’s briefing is a “6/9/12” update from your Regional Transportation Alliance. Read on to learn more.

6 months for America’s first Dynamic Left Turn intersection (DLTi)
Exactly six months ago today, on February 14, 2020, NCDOT and the Town of Cary activated the nation’s first dynamic left turn intersection treatment at the eastbound Tryon Road approach at Cary Parkway. While the timing plan has changed at least twice since then due to the coronavirus, the DLTi has continued to operate, with compliance now up to around 80-85% each cycle. In addition, according to a preliminary before-and-after analysis by RTA member firm VHB, the intersection improvement has already paid for itself on a calculated “value of time” basis. RTA was pleased to develop the DLTi concept in concert with NCDOT and the Town, and we look forward to seeing this and other mobility innovations proceed.

9 years of serving our members with dedication
This week marks Natalie’s 9 year anniversary with our organization. This regional business leadership group has continued to expand and flourish while she has grown and helped our members succeed throughout her time with the RTA. In addition to her ongoing member experience focus, her effective work on policy and community development has significantly improved the effectiveness of our advocacy in a host of areas including our ongoing Freeway And Street-based Transit (FAST) and zero fare pilot initiatives. The regional business community is pleased to celebrate with Natalie, our director of policy and member engagement this weekend, and we were delighted to see many of you at our breakfast event last week!

The 12th anniversary of a great freeway partnership
Earlier this week we held the 12th annual meeting of the I-40 Regional Partnership — an ongoing, public-private discussion forum coordinated by RTA in concert with NCDOT. While this week’s meeting was virtual, it was still very similar to so many prior ones, in that we had strong attendance — more than 100 people — as well as great content and information about the region’s “main street.” In addition, the Partnership once again provided an effective opportunity to strengthen knowledge and relationships among our local, regional, state, and federal partners, as well as the private sector RTA membership. If you missed the event, or if you want to relive it, you can download the entire presentation deck and view the recording.

Thank you for your membership in the RTA business coalition! We appreciate your support and look forward to continued success together throughout the rest of 2020.

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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