A bikeway for all reasons — especially regional transportation

Note to RTA members and partners:  RTA has commissioned a visualization study of the Triangle Bikeway with RTA Regional Leadership Team member McAdams. They have created a 3D model animation that effectively highlights what an illustrative segment of this vital regional transportation corridor might look like.


RTA members and partners,

Earlier this month, in a prior Thursday Thoughts at 3 blog and weekly member briefing, we mentioned our focus on accelerating a metropolitan rapid transit system for our growing region. The advancement of the system is part of our overall accelerated metropolitan mobility strategy for the Triangle.

We stated that our future metropolitan rapid transit system would have 7 complementary elements, from a regional commuter rail spine to a regionwide bus rapid transit network.

For this post, I want to briefly reference the 3rd element we listed — multimodal linkages — and specifically the regionally significant Triangle bikeway.

The proposed Triangle bikeway — modeled after similar corridors in Colorado, Utah, and elsewhere — is one such investment that could create regional dividends from both a transportation and a public health perspective.

The bikeway will connect the region, traveling roughly parallel to, and often within the right-of-way of, the Interstate 40 corridor between west Raleigh and southwest Durham, directly linking portions of Cary, Morrisville, and Research Triangle Park. The bikeway would then follow the highway 54 corridor to connect southwest Durham with Chapel Hill.

As noted on the project webpage, the 17 mile long path will connect Triangle residents and visitors to jobs, popular destinations, municipal trail networks, and current and future transit.

RTA has commissioned a visualization study with RTA Regional Leadership Team member McAdams to highlight what an illustrative segment of this vital regional transportation corridor might look like.

Please visit this page to learn more about the study, and this important future element of our Accelerated Metropolitan Mobility strategy for the region.

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA executive director

RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.

RTA represents more than 100 leading businesses and 25 member chambers of commerce in central and eastern North Carolina. RTA is a regional program of the Raleigh Chamber.


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