RTA Member Briefing: February 2

RTA 22nd Annual Meeting redux

Thank you to the more than 350 attendees of our 22nd Annual Meeting last week, presented by the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. We heard from 25+ speakers on eight transportation projects of importance to the regional business community while providing the RTA Dauntless Resolution award to NCDOT for their tireless efforts to advance passenger rail in North Carolina. To relive the event, including news coverage, federal speaker videos, and the list of all topics and speakers, please read this week’s blog.


Speaker list confirmed for RTA Transportation Brunch 2024

Our annual RTA Transportation Brunch event will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at the Westin RDU Airport hotel in west Raleigh. The time is 9 am – 11:30 am.  This year’s brunch event will be held in concert with the I-40 Regional Partnership — a cooperative initiative of RTA and NCDOT with other area partners.

If you would like to sponsor this year’s brunch, please reach out to Jacob Rigg at 919.664.7062 or Thank you to Martin Marietta for being our first brunch event sponsor. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend, as all RTA members have one or more tickets included with their membership.

See below for a list of confirmed speakers for the August 6th brunch event.

  • Julie White – NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation
  • Brennon Fuqua, PE – NCDOT Integrated Mobility Division, Interim Director
  • Nick Morrison – NCDOT Integrated Mobility Division; FAST study project manager
  • Greg Saur, PE – WSP, VP Transit and Rail; FAST study project manager
  • Jennifer Portanova, PE — NCDOT Mobility and Safety Division, State Transportation Systems Management & Operations Engineer and I-40 Regional Partnership executive
  • Tracy Parrott, PE – NCDOT Division 5, Deputy Division Engineer
  • J.J. Eden – NC Turnpike Authority, executive director
  • Joe Milazzo II, PE, RTA executive director
  • Jay Irby, RTA chair


One annual event is complete, planning for a second one is well underway, and we have a great year of RTA gatherings and policy advocacy to look forward to with our members and partners. Here’s to more mobility successes across the region as we go faster, together.


Let’s get moving,

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director



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