Top RTA accomplishments

The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group has compiled an enviable list of successes in cooperation with our transportation and elected partners for more than a decade.  

See below for some of our organization's -- and region's -- top successes. Click here for a more expansive, sequential list of RTA successes, and click here for our current priorities.

 

  • Spearheaded regional lobbying effort for 540/147 Triangle Expressway -- including resolution of RTA leadership and southwest Wake mayors to consider tolls for 540, resolutions of multiple communities to support tolls to advance 147 extension, and advocacy for multiple critical legislation including $25 million per year in gap funding, toll revenue retention legislation to ensure toll revenues remain on the corridor, and legislative and MPO approval of the turnpike.  
         These efforts led to the creation of the first modern turnpike and largest transportation project in North Carolina history and America's most advanced toll road:  16 miles of new turnpike freeway in southern Durham and western Wake counties, all open by 2012, with full compatibility with E-ZPass, Florida SunPass, and NC Quick Pass during 2013.

  • Complete 540 study for southeast Wake County restarted in 2013 as a result of RTA and Town of Garner-coordinated efforts to hire national environmental policy firm and coordinate southern Wake partners group, which led to repeal of legislation and allowed study to proceed

  • I-40 Cary/Raleigh widening project completed 2011 – initiated by an RTA-suggested alternative concept in 2007 – which unclogged the region’s top bottleneck and resulted in peak travel time savings of around 30% and peak travel time reliability improvements of 70%

  • Endorsed both the Durham County and Orange County transit referenda, each of which passed with around 60 percent of the vote in November 2011 and November 2012, respectively, along with transit empowerment legislation (H148) in 2009

  • Advanced successful planning efforts for North Carolina’s first Bus on Shoulders System (BOSS) pilot through the I-40 Regional Partnership coordinated by RTA; BOSS launched in Durham County in July 2012, expanded in Durham, Wake, and Johnston counties in 2013, and is now the largest BOSS network mileage in the United States outside of Minnesota's Twin Cities region

  • Successfully requested funding for new interchange on U.S. 70/Brier Creek Parkway and improvements for I-40/Aviation Parkway interchange, which together were awarded $17 million in 2012 as a result of RTA Mobility Fund submittals; these interchange projects were among the highest-ranking projects in the new Statewide Strategic Transportation Investments process initial scoring in March 2014

  • Spearheaded regional campaign to advance the Triangle Connector to I-85 / East End Connector -- including meetings with NCDOT and regional leadership, regional branding effort, suggestion for a simpler initial footprint, and a review of loop funding criteria -- with the Connector now scheduled for construction in fall 2014 after more than 50 years in the planning stages

  • Successfully lobbied for the retention of $500 million in federal funding for higher speed rail improvements between Raleigh and Charlotte, enabling enhanced future passenger rail options in the Piedmont Crescent

  • Successfully received approval in 2013 for Interstate and future Interstate designation for I-495 / future I-495 along US 64 freeway between I-540 and I-95 in Wake, Franklin, and Nash counties after nine years of RTA advocacy, with new signage posted in April 2014

  • Adoption of fair share contribution opportunity for electric vehicles in state budget in 2013, resulting from RTA request and advocacy

  • Implementation of RTA-requested speed limit requests on I-540, NC 540, Toll 540, Toll 147, and US 1 South to 70 MPH (from 65 MPH), and Aviation Parkway and Wade Avenue Extension freeways to 60 MPH (from 55 MPH) in 2012 and 2013

  • Successful advocay for Strategic Transportation Investments bill in 2013 which has created a new, data-driven, statewide funding formula

  • RTA-funded research on controlled roundabouts published by US Transportation Research Board in 2014 subsequent to January 2014 presentation at TRB Annual Meeting and 2013 RTA Solutions Forum presentation

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