Member Briefing: June 18, 2021

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

Let’s “takeoff” to the skies
This week, a group of several area businesses and partners – including the RTA – launched a new marketing campaign that celebrates the importance of RDU to our region’s future, and encourages a return to air travel. The “Carry On” campaign highlights the enthusiasm for getting back in the air, and out in our community, to advance post-pandemic recovery. The marketing initiative includes media advertisements – you can watch the full TV spot here – as well as online engagement and a new website with a multitude of resources for “carrying on.” The campaign is also the topic of this week’s RTA blog. RTA is pleased to support this effort that spotlights the regional business community’s investment in RDU!

Another win for the Triangle’s first BRT line
The City of Raleigh’s New Bern Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project – one of 5 BRT corridors under development in the Triangle – has just been awarded more than $5 million by the Federal Transit Administration. Now totaling over $40 million, federal contributions currently make up more than half of the projected cost of the New Bern Ave. project – the first in the Wake BRT network. This significant level of funding from the US government indicates strong support for our proposed metropolitan rapid transit system, and the opportunity to accelerate the 55+ miles of BRT and 30-40+ miles of commuter rail identified for our region over the next decade.

We wish everyone a happy Juneteenth National Independence Day, in celebration of the past and ongoing pursuit of increased equity, opportunity, and access for all.

Let’s get moving,

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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