New nonstop flight to Paris secured

September 24, 2015 - 11:36am

RDU-Paris begins in May, establishing RDU as the only non-hub airport in America with two daily, nonstop transatlantic flight. 

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Raleigh to Richmond High Speed Rail Plan Moves Forward

September 21, 2015 - 3:45pm

A key step towards higher speed rail from Raleigh to Richmond (and onward to D.C.) moved forward with the release of the Final Environment Impact Statement. 

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RTA perspectives on state budget

September 17, 2015 - 6:20pm

The RTA business coalition offers perspective on several transportation-related portions of the state budget as well as some observations for our transit future.

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Plan around I-40/Fortify delays with new RTA webpage

September 1, 2015 - 2:43pm

RTA has created a new webpage with easy links and maps that show current I-40/Fortify travel times via Google traffic. 

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RTA and NCDOT advance innovative intersections

August 13, 2015 - 3:55pm

RTA and NC Department of Transportation partnership advances Synchronized Streets--an innovative corridor solution to alleviate congestion and reduce collisions at intersections.

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Insights on state transportation budget

June 26, 2015 - 9:30am

RTA Action/News: Read update from Mike McBrierty, RTA legislative and policy chair, on transportation funding and attend an upcoming RDU Vision 2040 public meeting. 

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State budget bills include balanced access and user fee-based approach

June 26, 2015 - 9:12am

(RTA blog)  Elements of a balanced network access and user fee-based approach have been included in the versions of the North Carolina state budget bill (H97) passed by both the House and the Senate.

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Applaud bipartisan support for future Interstate designation Raleigh to Hampton Roads

May 15, 2015 - 5:08pm

RTA Action/News: U.S. Senator Thom Tillis has introduced a Senate bill to designate the Future Interstate corridor from Raleigh to Hampton Roads, Va. via Elizabeth City with cosponsors Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine from Virginia. 

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A watershed day for regional transit in Wake County

May 8, 2015 - 8:12am

(RTA blog)  This Monday, May 11th, Wake County and area transit partners will introduce four enhanced transit plan options for initial public review and comment. For the first time as a community, we will have multiple enhanced transit network options to consider, contrast, evaluate, and offer feedback on.

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Thank Congressional Leaders and Support I-44 Legislation

May 7, 2015 - 1:39pm

RTA Action/News: The regional business communities in the Triangle and Hampton Roads applaud Congressman Butterfield and more than a dozen bipartisan legislators from NC and Va. for introducing the ROAD Act to authorize a future interstate designation for US 64 and US 17.

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Learn about and comment on new transit scenarios

May 4, 2015 - 10:11am

RTA Action/News: Read new blog on transit lessons from Austin and attend the unveiling of four new transit scenarios for Wake County on May 11.

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Congratulate RDU on non-stop flight to Seattle and welcome Alaska Airlines

April 30, 2015 - 12:58pm

RTA Action/News: Seattle will become Raleigh-Durham International Airport's third non-stop flight to the West Coast, bringing Alaska Airlines to the Triangle and enhancing our competitiveness for international service. 

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Austin visit - lessons and ideas on transit

April 26, 2015 - 3:02am

(RTA blog)  The RTA visited Austin this week to gain lessons and ideas on transit during the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce 2015 Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference.

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Celebrate groundbreaking of RTA’s top freeway priority

April 23, 2015 - 1:47pm

RTA Action/News: The Triangle Connector to I-85 broke ground yesterday to complete a north-south freeway corridor between US 1 South and I-85, linking with US 70, NC 147 and I-40.

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RTA endorses access-based funding approach and encourages conversation

April 16, 2015 - 1:06pm

(RTA blog)  This week the RTA Steering Committee endorsed the development of a balanced “network access and usage fee” transportation funding framework, a draft concept outlined in an earlier blog by RTA legislative and policy chair Mike McBrierty and in a companion draft RTA policy summary report (executive summary).

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Join the Air Service Advancement Project (ASAP)

April 8, 2015 - 4:08pm

RTA Action/News: Today's Triangle Business Journal provides extensive coverage on the ASAP progress to date and the benefit of air service on economic growth and productivity. 

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Suggest next steps for new air service

April 8, 2015 - 1:46pm

RTA Action/News:  With a successful RTA Transportation Breakfast behind us, RTA looks ahead for next steps to expand international air service

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Learning to fly - next steps for international air service

April 7, 2015 - 8:22am

(RTA blog)  Bruce Sargent, RTA air service chair, highlights his key takeaways and what our next steps are for getting new international service in cooperation with RDU and other partners.

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Support SB 20 Conference Report

March 30, 2015 - 1:42pm

RTA Action/News:  Passage of the Conference Report for Senate Bill 20 is the final immediate action needed to shore up transportation funding in the short-term

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Welcome and thank you to new RTA vice chair leadership

March 27, 2015 - 1:32pm

RTA Action/News: Welcome new RTA vice chairs and Leadership Team members 

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If it can’t be perfect, then let’s make it simple: RTA draft funding concept

March 23, 2015 - 9:00am

(RTA blog)  We are posting a draft policy summary to spur ideas and discussion on an important conversation about how we fund transportation in our growing state.

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Prepare now for 30 minute delays on I-40

March 19, 2015 - 12:20pm

RTA Action/News:  We can soon expect a half hour longer commute each day, twice a day.  And with crashes or precipitation (or both), all bets are off.

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What we learned about air service opportunities

March 16, 2015 - 9:35am

(RTA blog)   We rounded up some of the top takeaways from airline experts at the RTA 2015 Breakfast. Here are the key factors for attracting new flights to RDU Airport and implications for our business community and our market. 

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Q&A with RTA Breakfast Keynote Speaker John Heimlich with Airlines for America (A4A)

March 4, 2015 - 6:13pm

(RTA blog)  RTA had an opportunity to connect with one of the keynote speakers for our RTA Transportation Breakfast, John Heimlich with Airlines for America, earlier this week. We received several insights from him which provide a great preview of the upcoming Breakfast conversation.

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Q&A with RTA Breakfast Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Belobaba with MIT

March 4, 2015 - 2:38pm

(RTA blog)  RTA had an opportunity to connect with one of the keynote speakers for our RTA Transportation Breakfast, Dr. Peter Belobaba with MIT, earlier this week. We received several insights from Dr. Belobaba which provide a great preview of the upcoming Breakfast conversation.

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Support passage of Senate Bill 20

March 2, 2015 - 7:58am

RTA Action/News:  Support Passage of Senate Bill 20

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Defusing the ticking time bomb of potholes before it detonates

February 26, 2015 - 9:58pm

(RTA blog)  We face a major reduction in the funding needed to maintain our roads and bridges starting this summer unless a key legislative change occurs.

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Watch preview of RTA Breakfast keynote speaker

February 26, 2015 - 2:41pm

RTA Action/News:  Hear from one of RTA's keynote speakers, A4A Chief Economist John Heimlich, about what you'll learn about airlines and air service at RTA's Transportation Breakfast on March 10. 

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RTA blogs on transit

February 16, 2015 - 7:20am

(RTA blog)  The Regional Transportation Alliance supports the ongoing Wake Transit initiative and the promise that it holds for our community.

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Wake Transit video: importance of public input, summary of tradeoffs

February 10, 2015 - 12:08am

(RTA blog)  The Wake Transit initiative has posted a new video that highlights the opportunity and choices before us when it comes to enhancing our transit future.

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Get ready to Fortify your patience

February 6, 2015 - 4:02pm

(RTA blog)  Your friendly neighborhood RTA requested updated information from NCDOT on expected delays associated with I-40 Fortify construction. The results are in  and they should prompt action from each of us.

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Wake Transit Choices Survey—RTA 3 Qs version

February 2, 2015 - 2:17am

(RTA blog)  The RTA encourages our members and partners to review the Wake Transit Choices report and take the companion survey. This blog entry consists of three questions adapted from the survey as well as links to the full survey and other resources.

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Choosing our transit future

January 27, 2015 - 10:01am

(RTA blog)  Wake County is following through with a robust transit process worthy of our research-based community. 

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RTA 2015 Breakfast on air service: Experts speak to reality and opportunity

January 15, 2015 - 3:22pm

(RTA blog)  Our region is committed to expanding the number of flight options that we have -- both domestic and international.

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Recap: State of Mobility Event—Features and News

December 17, 2014 - 11:22am

(RTA blog)  We had an outstanding 13th annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, with more than 300 regional leaders in attendance. Read about the announcements you may have missed and all the great media coverage from the event. 

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Up, Up, and Away: Air Service Development is Economic Development

October 24, 2014 - 9:06am

(RTA blog)  One of the largest and most reliable economic engines we have is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) -- and every new transatlantic flight will generate $25 million in net regional economic spending.

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Great people doing great things together

October 16, 2014 - 12:38pm

(RTA blog)  As RTA members, we gain insight and understanding on areas of importance to our companies and associates – and on the RTA Leadership Team we build relationships with each other at a regional executive level in a way that few organizations can match.

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A capital improvement in transit

September 15, 2014 - 7:27am

(RTA blog)  RTA supports the bipartisan process for refreshing the draft transit plan in Wake County, and that includes our ongoing support for a bus rapid transit-based approach. Our neighboring state capital to the north has embarked on a similar journey, and this weekend USDOT awarded Richmond with 50% federal funding for a new $50 million BRT line.

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Why we invest in RTA

September 10, 2014 - 10:00pm

(RTA blog)  The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group focuses on enhanced transportation as a primary lever of opportunity for this region’s prosperity. 

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Transit and a world-class city

September 3, 2014 - 10:48pm

(RTA blog)  What does it mean to be a “world-class” city or region? 

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A bipartisan gift to our prosperity

August 27, 2014 - 6:47am

(RTA blog)  Let's applaud the cooperative efforts to develop a new Interstate corridor between Raleigh and the Hampton Roads metropolitan region of southeastern Virginia. 

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Little things mean a lot

August 26, 2014 - 3:32pm

(RTA blog)  Sometimes it is the smallest improvement that can make a big difference to many people, every day.

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Fortify moves forward

August 22, 2014 - 5:40am

(RTA blog)  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has completed its first significant milestone for our region's most important freeway reconstruction project. 

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Transit takes a surprising toll on Northern Virginia commuters

August 4, 2014 - 2:23pm

(RTA blog)  Our neighbors in Northern Virginia must feel like they are in the midst of an ongoing transportation "megaproject" dream, with the recent opening of the Metro Silver Line heavy rail system serving Tysons Corner.

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Transit advances in Wake County

July 26, 2014 - 2:43pm

(RTA blog)  The Wake County Board of Commissioners devoted a work session exclusively to advancing the County's regional transit future on Monday, July 21, 2014. 

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Driving the Conversation:  About this new RTA blog

July 26, 2014 - 8:00am

(RTA blog)  The Regional Transportation Alliance has launched this new blog that will provide commentary on regional transportation issues and related topics from RTA staff and lead volunteers.

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Index of all blog entries

July 26, 2014 - 6:59am

(RTA blog)  Index of all blog entries.

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view prior RTA news items

July 1, 2014 - 5:00am

click here for all RTA news items prior to July 1, 2014 

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Federal Rail head calls for Southeast rail vision to connect to Northeast Corridor

June 30, 2014 - 7:51am

Earlier this month Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo encouraged the development of a unified vision for intercity high performance rail in the Southeast.

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Virtual tour of the City of Carmel with RTA

April 29, 2014 - 12:35pm

Check out a short slideshow of the RTA tour of Carmel, IN as part of the 2014 Leadership Briefing and Tour to Carmel and Indianapolis April 27 - 28, 2014. Highlights include examples of land use, urban design, roundabouts, traditional neighborhood design, and more. 

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Letter to the Editor by Tom Looney: Beyond Rail

February 21, 2014 - 11:51am

A letter to the editor by RTA Regional Transit Chair Tom Looney printed in the News & Observer highlights the importance of evaluating bus rapid transit.

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Interstate 495 designation approved for US 64 freeway east of Raleigh

December 12, 2013 - 11:11pm

The I-495 corridor between I-440 and I-95 creates Raleigh's first direct Interstate highway link to the northern and mid-Atlantic states.  The I-495 designation for the US 64 freeway was announced on December 12, 2013 by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in conjunction with the RTA 12th Annual Meeting.

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Express Lanes and Transit session held on Nov 20 as RTA Transit Innovations Series begins

November 25, 2013 - 3:54pm

The first session of RTA's Transit Innovations Series, Express Lanes and Transit, was held Wednesday, November 20, 2013 featuring speakers from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority.

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Transit Innovations Series to Highlight Potential Transit Options for Wake County

November 18, 2013 - 3:58pm

The RTA Transit Innovations Series will include presentations from experts on various forms of bus rapid transit (BRT) and related innovations and research concerning transit and land use, along with periodic comparisons with rail transit options.

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RTA announces Transit Innovations Series

November 1, 2013 - 6:51pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance is launching a new RTA Transit Innovations Series to support and advance current discussions on transit in Wake County.  Our first session will be held on Wednesday, November 20, with more sessions to be held during the next several months.

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RTA Endorses Bus Rapid Transit Approach for Wake County

October 15, 2013 - 3:37pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance has endorsed the development of a bus rapid transit-based alternative as a basis for comparison with the current draft transit plan for Wake County.

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Complete 540 meetings begin this week

October 15, 2013 - 5:35am

Potential routes for the Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension project, “Complete 540,” will be shared at public meetings held by the NC Department of Transportation on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 16, 2013

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Raleigh Transportation Bond Approved by Voters

October 10, 2013 - 9:35am

The City of Raleigh Transportation Bond was approved by voters on October 8 with 70% of residents voting in favor.

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70 at 70: More RTA Freeway Speed Limit Requests Implemented

October 1, 2013 - 4:05pm

More than 70 additional miles of regional freeways are now posted at 70 MPH as a result of recent RTA requests to the NC Department of Transportation.

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RTA supports the City of Raleigh transportation bond

August 21, 2013 - 9:54am

The Regional Transportation Alliance has endorsed the 2013 City of Raleigh transportation referendum on the ballot for referendum on October 8, 2013.

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Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) expands into Wake County

August 20, 2013 - 9:45am

After more than a year of success in Durham County, North Carolina’s first Bus on Shoulder (BOSS) program has expanded into Wake County and additional portions of Durham County.

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Experts Explore a “Super” Way to Save Time Getting Around the Triangle

August 8, 2013 - 1:01pm

One of the world’s top experts on intersection innovations, Dr. Joe Hummer, PE,  presented the results of cutting-edge research  on “SuperCircles” at the RTA Solutions Forum.

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The Last Shall Be First—Triangle Expressway: the most advanced toll road in America

July 30, 2013 - 3:34pm

North Carolina's toll roads are the most advanced in the United States, with 100% high-speed toll collection and full interoperability with both E-ZPass (northeast/Midwest) and SunPass (Florida).

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Gov. McCrory names RTA vice chairs to statewide boards

July 17, 2013 - 11:56am

RTA Higher Speed Rail chair Randy Lickey, RTA Regional Transit chair Tom Looney, and RDU Air Service chair Madhu Beriwal were appointed to economic and transportation statewide boards.

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New Strategic Transportation Investments Bill Passes

July 9, 2013 - 11:14am

The equity formula that has determined what transportation projects move forward since 1989 is now history. The new Strategic Mobility Formula is a more efficient way of funding infrastructure investments and enhancing economic development.

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Summary points for bill to authorize 75 MPH on certain freeway segments after study

June 18, 2013 - 6:47pm

RTA has compiled some of the reasons that we support this bill that would give the professionals at NCDOT another tool in the mobility toolbox.

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New and improved plans for I-40 Rebuild

May 17, 2013 - 1:08pm

NC Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata awarded the I-40/440 Rebuild contract yesterday announcing a revised anticipated project schedule that will help reduce the impact on drivers.

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RTA studying capacity of controlled roundabouts

March 29, 2013 - 8:59am

RTA has hired Joe Hummer, Ph.D., PE, of Birmingham, MI to analyze the performance of controlled roundabouts -- which incorporate part-time signals upstream of a roundabout entrance to enable the "metering" of heavy flows into a roundabout. Initial results for the RTA study of controlled roundabouts will be released during the 2013 RTA Solutions Forum on August 8.

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RTA request for 70 MPH on northern I-540 approved

February 8, 2013 - 4:55pm

The NC Department of Transportation is increasing the speed limit to 70 MPH on approximately 20 miles of Interstate 540 in northern Wake County.  The limit will increase from the US 64/264 Knightdale Bypass west to the US 70 interchange area near Brier Creek.

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I-40 / 440 Rebuild begins in spring 2013

January 9, 2013 - 4:57pm

NCDOT will completely rebuild 11 miles of pavement along both I-40 / US 64 and I-440 / US 64, extend acceleration lanes between certain I-40 ramps to improve merging on and off the freeway, and preserve selected bridges along I-40 and I-440 to extend their life-span.

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540/Triangle Expressway opens from US 64/Apex to NC 55/Holly Springs—Western Wake Fwy completed

December 19, 2012 - 5:05am

The 540 turnpike freeway, the Triangle Expressway (“Tri-Ex”), opened a new segment for commuters on Thursday, December 20, from US 64 in Apex to NC 55 in Holly Springs, completing nearly 19 miles of north-south stoplight-free travel through the heart of the Triangle.

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Vote YES for Orange Transit / Cary Transportation Bond

October 26, 2012 - 12:47pm

RTA has endorsed two initiatives in our region on the ballot this fall, and encourages residents of Orange County and the Town of Cary to vote yes and support the continued growth and success of our region.

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RDU adds Global Entry

October 11, 2012 - 1:33am

The new Global Entry program at Raleigh-DurhamInternational Airport will cut wait times for frequent international travelers by up to 70%.

RTA requested the installation of Global Entry at RDU this past year with the goal of enhancing the international air service experience for frequent travelers.  US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) installed two Global Entry kiosks at RDU this year.

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RTA and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber endorse Orange transit referendum

October 3, 2012 - 12:16pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce announce support of the Orange County transit referendum on the ballot in November.

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NCDOT approves 70 mph speed limit on U.S. 1 south to Sanford

September 6, 2012 - 4:38pm

The NC Department of Transportation will increase the speed limit on U.S. 1 south to Sanford from 65 mph to 70 mph later this month. The addition is the result of an earlier RTA request of NCDOT to consider raising the speed limit on various segments of area freeways.

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A home run for RDU, RTA, and our region’s economy

August 15, 2012 - 2:01pm

New daily nonstop service between RDU and San Francisco (SFO) begins today removing a primary obstacle to expanded business investment, and strengthening our region’s ability to attract new companies.

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Next phase of 540 turnpike freeway now open between I-40/RTP to US 64 West

August 2, 2012 - 8:16am

The second phase of the Triangle Expressway (“Tri-Ex”), the largest highway project in North Carolina history and the first modern toll road in North Carolina, is now open to traffic in western Wake County.

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I-40 Bus on Shoulder System pilot now available

July 17, 2012 - 10:00am

North Carolina's first Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) pilot has begun on Interstate 40 in the Research Triangle Region.  The BOSS program allows authorized transit buses to operate on freeway shoulders during periods of congestion.

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Moving 540 Forward

May 23, 2012 - 9:50pm

RTA provided guidance to the NC Turnpike Authority in March 2012 on a way forward to complete the study of 540 in southern Wake County, including corridor alternatives that will meet federal study requirements.

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Regional Transportation Alliance spring 2012 Transit Poll Results Released

May 16, 2012 - 2:37pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance released the results of its most recent spring transit poll Tuesday afternoon, May 15. 

Nearly 60% of Orange County voters support sales tax; Wake County numbers remain above 50% 

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A new “addition” to our regional freeway network

February 14, 2012 - 9:41pm

In early February 2012 the NC Department of Transportation raised the speed limit on the Wade Avenue Extension freeway between the I-440 and I-40 interchange areas in west Raleigh from 55 MPH to 60 MPH.

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Tolling Begins on Toll 147 portion of Triangle Expressway, North Carolina’s first modern toll road

January 3, 2012 - 8:48am

North Carolina’s first modern toll road, the Triangle Expressway (“Tri-Ex”), begins collecting tolls today, Tuesday, January 3, on its first phase north of NC 540.  The Toll 147 section of Tri-Ex, which opened to traffic in early December, extends highway 147 south more than three additional miles and creates a new signal-free connection between I-40 in Durham County with NC 540 in Wake County. 

The Toll 147 turnpike freeway creates a new north-south connection through Research Triangle Park that avoids travel on I-40 and provides access to both Hopson Road and Davis Drive. Parallel connector roads between Hopson and Davis will serve as new, toll-free linkages for local RTP motorists.

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10th Annual Meeting a Celebration of Mobility

November 17, 2011 - 2:24am

The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group held its 10th annual meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Raleigh/Durham/Research Triangle in Cary.  The event included recognitions for outgoing RDU Airport Director John Brantley, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, and long-term investors in the RTA. 

The celebration also included presentations on both the State of Mobility 2011 as well as a look to the future of transportation in our market, and remarks from incoming RDU Airport Director Michael Landguth.  You can download the entire presentation deck from the event here.

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Vote for Raleigh Transportation Bond on Tuesday, Oct. 11

October 10, 2011 - 2:15pm

The RTA Steering Committee has endorsed the City of Raleigh’s transportation bond referendum proposal that is on the ballot for this Tuesday, October 11.  We encourage all Raleigh residents to vote for the bond proposal and supportseveral projects that will improve the transportation network in the capital city.

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RTA endorses Durham transit referendum

September 21, 2011 - 2:28pm

Enhanced transit options in Durham and throughout the region will be increasingly important to our success and quality of life as we continue to grow. The RTA has formally issued a statement of support of the fall 2011 Durham transit referendum and enthusiastically supports the vision and leadership of Durham – the central county in our region – to move transit forward by authorizing a referendum on a half-cent sales tax for transit investment.

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I-40 widening—substantial completion achieved

May 10, 2011 - 11:59pm

All three through lanes are now open in both directions -- six lanes total -- for the I-40 Cary/Raleigh widening project.  This means that the project has achieved substantial completion, and that represents welcome relief for travelers on the most traveled freeway in our area, and the culmination of a four-year long effort of NCDOT, the Capital Area MPO, and the RTA to advance improvements on this corridor.

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$4m+ for Richmond-Raleigh high speed rail

May 10, 2011 - 9:02am

Richmond-Raleigh high speed rail line receives $4 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to complete its environmental study and update ridership and revenue estimates.

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Ridership Records Set At Triangle Transit

April 28, 2011 - 8:14am

Rising fuel prices have increased usage and support of public transportation in record numbers as of March 2011, according to Triangle Transit, our area's regional transit agency.

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RDU receives another accolade for Terminal 2

March 22, 2011 - 8:23am

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) received a new accolade from Frommer's Travel Guides. The 42nd Street Oyster Bar restaurant in Terminal 2 was named one of the “Top 10 Airport Restaurants” list in the country!

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RTA 2011 transit poll highlights ongoing support

March 15, 2011 - 11:29pm

The RTA business leadership group released the results of its annual transit poll on Tuesday, March 15.  This is the third RTA poll since the approval of long-range transit plans by our region’s two metropolitan planning organizations for transportation in 2009.  Area chambers of commerce provided significant funding for this cooperative poll on public transit.

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County leaders highlight prospects for enhancing transit at 2011 RTA breakfast

March 8, 2011 - 10:58pm

At a packed 2011 RTA Transportation Breakfast on March 8, 2011, Durham, Orange, and Wake county leaders provided their perspectives on where our region stands on enhancing transit options for the continued improvement of our region’s economic vitality and quality of life.

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Southern Mid-Atlantic chambers, mayors support Richmond-Raleigh HSR corridor

February 24, 2011 - 1:21pm

The mayors of Durham, Richmond, Raleigh, and Norfolk -- and the chamber executives serving those communities -- jointly signed a one-page letter to President Obama, urging him to fund the Richmond-Petersburg-Raleigh high speed rail corridor via new or reallocated high speed rail funding.   The Raleigh, NC - Richmond, VA linkage will save more than 90 minutes of travel time (and more than 30 miles) compared to the existing ~ 200 mile rail routing.

A one-page summary of the business case for the Raleigh-Richmond portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor notes that SEHSR revenues are expected to exceed operating expenses, providing the basis for operation without any public operating subsidy.  The Raleigh-Richmond-Washington-New York corridor received a score of 19.02 using the America 2050 methodology, which is among the highest scores in the United States.

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I-85 widening funded

January 31, 2011 - 4:00am

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RTA, Richmond, SE Va. business groups present resolution on Higher Speed Rail

January 8, 2011 - 8:00am

The Regional Transportation Alliance and fellow regional business organizations from Richmond and Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia presented a unified resolution supporting the advancement of higher speed rail in the southern mid-Atlantic region to the VA-NC High Speed Rail Compact legislative committee at their January 7, 2011 meeting in Richmond.

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Business Leaders from VA and NC meet to Discuss the Advancement of Higher Speed Rail

December 3, 2010 - 12:00pm

Business community representatives from the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions of Virginia and the Research Triangle region of North Carolina came together this week to discuss the importance of expanding intercity rail service in the southern Mid-Atlantic area, including the development of higher speed rail.  Williams Mullen, a Southeastern based law firm with offices in all three regions, hosted the meeting at their Richmond headquarters on December 1st.

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State of Mobility—Interactive transit discussion results and presentation slides

November 17, 2010 - 6:25pm

The RTA State of Mobility 2010 event held on Wednesday, November 17 at Embassy Suites in Cary and attended by more than 200 friends of transportation featured an interactive transit discussion as well as updates on recent transportation successes, upcoming priorities, and the state of transportation in our region.

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RTA Forum on Transit Circulators Well-received

September 9, 2010 - 11:59pm

Nearly 70 elected, transportation, and business leaders heard presentations about transit circulators at the RTA Solutions Forum 14 on September 9, 2010.  Circulators were a primary recommendation by the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC) and are the "third leg" in the bus-rail-circulators transit stool. 

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Delta Air Lines domestic service expansion at RDU

August 25, 2010 - 11:57pm

Delta Air Lines announced a significant domestic service expansion at Raleigh-Durham International Airport starting in November 2010.  There will be a total of 14 new frequencies at RDU . This increase in Delta service represents a 4% increase in overall seat capacity for RDU and represents a 20% increase in seats added by Delta.

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