RTA June 2024 Richmond QuickTour

RTA June 2024 Richmond, Va. QuickTour
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m  (duration of formal tour program in Richmond; see agenda below)

The RTA June 2024 QuickTour to Richmond, Va. was an opportunity to visit a nearby peer city for quick, intentional field visits of a freeway cap, BRT, and other multimodal infrastructure. More than 70 attendees participated in the tour in June 2024.

The regional business community believes that the June 2024 RTA QuickTour to Richmond, Va. will inform conversations on:

  • Multimodal freeway caps
  • BRT (bus rapid transit; “buses resembling trains”)
  • Walkable, transit-oriented development
  • Zero fare transit policy
  • Intercity passenger rail
  • Urban trails
  • Accelerating and scaling community development


RTA June 2024 QuickTour – summary working agenda

  • 9:30 am – Arrival and registration in Richmond, Virginia
  • 10:00 am – RTA tour program begins / welcome, introductions, overview
  • 10:30 am – Freeway cap overview
  • 11:15 am – Field visit to Kanawha Plaza
  • 12:30 pm – Working lunch, including BRT, TOD, intercity rail
  • 2:00 pm – Field visit to Pulse BRT
  • 3:15 pm – Closing reception, closing remarks, next steps
  • by 4 pm – Formal RTA tour ends, depart Richmond
  • after reception: optional bonus walking tour of T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge

The program agenda above does not include travel time from North Carolina to Richmond. Travel to Virginia is not included in the tour.

NOTE:  The tour will involve a few walking segments; rarely will those be longer than 15 minutes in duration.

Click here for the detailed agenda.

RTA QuickTour PDF PowerPoint.

RTA June 2024 QuickTour – partial list of speakers and organizations

From metropolitan Richmond:

  • Calvin “Woody” Fowler, Wiliams Mullen, chairman, president, and CEO
  • Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond, chief administrative officer
  • Adrienne Torres, Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), chief of staff
  • Henry Bendon, Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), communications specialist
  • Dironna Moore Clarke, City of Richmond, office of equitable transit and mobility
  • Mike Sawyer, City of Richmond, city transportation engineer
  • Tiffany Dubinsky, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), director of transit planning
  • Grant Sparks, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), director of statewide transit programs
  • Gerica Goodman, Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA), director of external affairs and communications
  • Jon Oliver, Kimley-Horn
  • Daniel K. Papiernik, HNTB (for RMTA)
  • Fiona Clarke, HNTB (engineering intern, Howard University; for RMTA)
  • Lucas Torregrossa, HNTB (public engagement intern, American University; for RMTA)
  • [TBD]   Flatiron Construction, BRT project manager


From the metropolitan Research Triangle:

  • Leonardo Williams, City of Durham, mayor of Durham
  • Joe Milazzo, RTA, executive director, emcee of the RTA QuickTour
  • Sarah Gaskill, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, RTA chair-elect


RTA June 2024 QuickTour – sponsors

  • Williams Mullen
  • Kimley Horn
  • Town of Cary
  • WSP


Contact Jacob Rigg at 919.664.7062 or jacob@letsgetmoving.org if you would like to sponsor the tour. See below for more information.



Registration pricing

  • $175 – RTA member
  • $ 95 – Public sector partner
  • $ 95 – Non-profit partner
  • $300 – General pricing

Note:  Pricing above includes mid-morning snacks upon arrival, lunch, afternoon reception at tour ending location, and all tour programming and materials.

Note:  Travel from North Carolina to Richmond is not included in the above pricing.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. No refunds after June 11, 2024; however, substitutions are permitted through June 17.

Tour sponsorship pricing:

Tour sponsor:  $999

Tour sponsorships include recognition in advance of and during tour, and 3 registrations.

RTA membership is not required to sponsor the tour.


RTA QuickTour:  Confirmed attendees

  • Leonardo Williams, mayor of Durham
  • Susan Evans, vice chair, Wake County Commissioners
  • Karen Howard, vice chair, Orange County Commissioners and chair, DCHC MPO
  • Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioners
  • Stelfanie Williams, Duke University, RTA transit chair
  • Sarah Gaskill, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, RTA chair-elect
  • Alex Culpepper, Carolina Sunrock, RTA commerce and logistics chair
  • Derrick Stanfield, City of Durham
  • Scott Whiteman, City of Durham
  • Sean Egan, City of Durham
  • Michael Moore, City of Raleigh
  • David Eatman, City of Raleigh
  • Sam Brewer, City of Raleigh
  • Jay Kumar, City of Raleigh
  • Akansha Anbil, City of Raleigh
  • Skye Durr, City of Raleigh
  • Madeline Wyatts, City of Raleigh
  • Caroline Dwyer, Chapel Hill Transit
  • Brittany Edwards, Town of Cary
  • Kerry Harville, Town of Cary
  • Shelley Curran, Town of Cary
  • Maurice Jones, Durham County
  • Ellen Beckmann, Durham County
  • Curtis Scarpignato, Durham County
  • Brandi Minor, Durham County
  • Doug Plachcinski, DCHC MPO
  • Vinse Hines, GoTriangle
  • Paul Black, GoTriangle
  • Matt Day, Central Pines Regional Council
  • Beau Mills, NC Metro Mayors Coalition
  • Courtney Weeter, NCDOT
  • Dominic Ciaramitaro, NCDOT
  • Betty White, Kimley-Horn
  • Ben Crawford, Kimley-Horn
  • Sean Kane, Kimley-Horn
  • Samantha Kraushaar, Discover Durham
  • Susan Amey, Discover Durham
  • Cara Rousseau, Discover Durham
  • Tony Hall, Discover Durham
  • Jada Harkins Andrews, Discover Durham
  • Margaret Pentrack, Discover Durham
  • Anna Branly, Downtown Durham Inc.
  • Heather Wilson, Downtown Durham Inc.
  • Angelique Stallings, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Bryan Fox, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Devin Brown , Raleigh Chamber
  • Janet Potter, Raleigh Chamber
  • Travis Crayton, Research Triangle Foundation of NC
  • Damien Graham, WSP
  • Greg Saur, WSP
  • Bradley Reynolds, WSP
  • Sam Green, WSP
  • Melissa Wolter, Strada
  • Murray Kamara, Strada
  • Jorge Luna, HDR
  • Rob Belisle, Terracon
  • Robert Bush, Arcadis
  • Patrick Livingston, STV
  • Anne Lenart-Redmond, STV
  • Elisabeth Harper Wiener, Rotary Club of Durham
  • Michael Hogan, RTI International
  • Jacob Rigg, RTA
  • Joe Milazzo, RTA


The Regional Transportation Alliance is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. RTA was founded by the chambers of commerce in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill in 2002.

RTA is a metropolitan, private-public partnership that drives consensus and action. More than 100 leading companies work in concert through the RTA alongside more than 25 member chambers of commerce across 13 counties in central and eastern North Carolina and a host of number of regional partners. RTA is a regional program of the Raleigh Chamber.

RTA delivers business leadership to get our region moving faster. Learn more at letsgetmoving.org.

Regional Leadership Team

RTA Gold Members
Duke Energy
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
IBM Corporation
Kane Realty
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Raleigh Chamber
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Smith Anderson
The Sunrock Group
United Therapeutics
Wake County Economic Development  (EDGE6)
Wetherill Engineering, Inc

RTA Silver Members
Bolton & Menk
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Chatham Park / Preston Development
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Dominion Energy
Duke University
Fidelity Investments
First Citizens Bank
First National Bank
Fox Rothschild LLP
Forge Nano
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Martin Marietta
ms consultants, inc.
North Carolina State University
Novo Nordisk
RTI International
SAS Institute Inc.
STV Inc.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Health
Wake Technical Community College
York Properties, Inc./McDonald-York Building Company

RTA Senior Regional Partners
Capital Area MPO
Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO
City of Durham
GoRaleigh / City of Raleigh
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Town of Cary
Town of Morrisville
Triangle J Council of Governments

RTA Bronze members
Alfred Benesch & Company
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
HH Architecture
Highwoods Properties
McKim & Creed
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Gold members

Thank you to our Omnia Gold, Sustaining Gold, and Gold members

Omnia Gold