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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Gov. McCrory and Sen. Berger Honored By Regional Business Community at RTA 12th Annual Meeting

December 4, 2013 - 4:39pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group will honor state leaders and hear remarks from Governor Pat McCrory and NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger at the RTA 12th Annual Meeting: The State of Mobility on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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RTA launches Transit Innovations blog

November 26, 2013 - 9:13am

The Regional Transportation Alliance has launched a new Transit Innovations blog to complement the ongoing RTA Transit Innovations Series and to support and advance current discussions on transit in Wake County.

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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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NC Quick Pass compatible with E-ZPass; SunPass coming soon

January 14, 2013 - 12:07pm

NC Quick Pass hardcase ($20) transponders and Northeast/Midwest E-ZPass transponders now fully compatible, with compatibility between NC Quick Pass and Florida SunPass coming later this year

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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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540 / I-40 Interchange Improvements Advancing

August 16, 2010 - 9:00am

NCDOT is creating a second exit lane from I-540 West to I-40 West in Research Triangle Park. The project is moving quickly, with substantial completion expected by December 2010.

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411 on NCDOT’s 511

August 11, 2010 - 9:02am

NCDOT offers the free 511 service to travelers providing updated travel time info, traffic, and weather.

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Triangle Connector to I-85 Advances

July 29, 2010 - 6:31pm

The East End Connector – the Triangle Connector to I-85 – is now slated to begin construction by 2014, according to the draft Urban Loop Prioritization Process Schedule (link).

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RTA, Cary, Apex CofCs and Town Councils pass unified resolutions for US 64 west

July 29, 2010 - 8:48am

The vision for US 64 continues to advance in our region. Within the past month, a series of recommendations that incorporated resolutions by the RTA and the Cary and Apex chambers have been unanimously supported by both the Cary and Apex town councils.

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Future for US 64 west

July 6, 2010 - 9:08am

NCDOT is now completing the study of US 64 West.

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RTA supports Mobility Fund proposal

June 21, 2010 - 3:00pm

Governor Perdue introduced the concept of a North Carolina Mobility Fund this spring with the immediate goal of improving the I-85/US 52 freeway at the Yadkin River bridge and the longer-term objective of providing a new source of revenue for critical transportation projects of statewide significance.

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I-40 Partnership focuses on transit priority options

June 14, 2010 - 7:00pm

On Tuesday, June 15th, 2010, the I-40 Regional Partnership -- a cooperative initiative of the NC Department of Transportation, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, Triangle Transit, and the Regional Transportation Alliance -- focuses on the potential for operating buses on the shoulder of Interstate 40 during peak periods.  

For more information about the June 15th meeting and the I-40 Regional Partnership, please visit letsgetmoving.org/i40.

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NC 540 Davis Drive exit to close June 1

May 18, 2010 - 10:26am

Starting Tuesday, June 1, 2010, NC 540 Davis Drive exit 67 will be permanately closed due to the construction of the Triangle Expressway turnpike project. NCDOT is encouraging motorists traveling on 540 to use either the N.C. 55 (Exit 66) or N.C. 54 (Exit 69) exits to access Davis Drive.

For additional information on the Triangle Expressway project, click here.

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RDU Air Servce Update

April 19, 2010 - 10:06am

RDU updates for the Paris flight and Midwest Airlines returns with non-stop service to Milwaukee.

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County chairs highlight transit options at RTA breakfast

April 13, 2010 - 9:30am

The chairs of the three local area county commissions:  Tony Gurley, Chair, Wake County; Michael Page, Chair, Durham County; and Valerie Foushee, Chair, Orange County, described how each of their counties are developing initial implementation plans for regional transit at the 2010 RTA Transportation Breakfast.  Nearly 200 elected, transportation, and business leaders gathered at the Research Triangle Park headquarters to learn about the advancement of potential transit offerings throughout the Triangle.

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Midwest Airlines returns to RDU

April 1, 2010 - 8:30am

Midwest Airlines returns with non-stop service to Milwaukee beginning April 1, 2010. The airline now operates twice daily service between the RDU & Milwaukee (MKE). Previously, Midwest offered service at RDU in 2007-08 and from 1998-2001.

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Commute well, save money, be environmentally friendly!

March 26, 2010 - 8:30am

From RTA 1-minute news -- March 26, 2010

The 2010 SmartCommute Challenge will soon start throughout the Triangle! The challenge will take place April 15 through May 15, 2010. Plan to start on tax day making your commute less taxing-- pledge to ride the bus, bike, walk, vanpool, carpool, or work from home at least...

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RTA announces transit poll results

March 23, 2010 - 8:30am

Highlights: 
>> Continued support for rail and expanded bus services throughout all three counties
>> Promising support for sales tax in all three counties
>> Respondents report that transit will benefit their quality of life

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Non-stop West Coast flights return to RDU

March 19, 2010 - 8:29am

Non-stop service to the West Coast returns to RDU this June. Delta Airlines is commencing a 6 day a week (except Saturday) service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). These flights will depart RDU at 7:45am and arrive in Los Angeles around 10am.  The departing flights from LAX will be of the overnight "red-eye" variety, leaving around 10pm and arriving the next day at RDU at 6am.  Flights begin June 10th and you can buy your tickets to Hollywood starting Saturday.  This non-stop service flight was previously in our market from June 2006-January 2008.

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UNC-TV video link

March 16, 2010 - 10:05am

If you missed the UNC-TV program "Blueprint North Carolina: Planning for the Future" that aired on February 9, 2010, the video is now posted on their Web site.  The program was 27 minutes long; however, the portion with RTA speakers was less than 4 minutes in duration.  See below for specifics.

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UNC-TV program “Blueprint North Carolina: Planning for the Future”

March 3, 2010 - 8:30am

If you missed the UNC-TV program "Blueprint North Carolina: Planning for the Future" that aired on February 9, 2010, the video is now posted on their Web site.  The program was 27 minutes long; however, the portion with RTA speakers was less than 4 minutes in duration.  See below for specifics.

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RDU-Paris:  Steel City background

March 1, 2010 - 8:31am

Non-stop service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) was announced in November 2008 for both Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Pittsburgh (PIT), with flights expected to commence in June 2009.  RDU's flight was subsequently delayed indefinitely. Pittsburgh's flight did begin in 2009 but has not met revenue targets.  The Pittsburgh region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...

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Crabtree Valley study open house

March 1, 2010 - 8:30am

A Crabtree Valley area study open house will be held tonight, Monday, March 1st at 7pm in Raleigh Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Rd. Preliminary recommendations will be highlighted, including potential transportation needs for urban transformation of the area.

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RTA Transportation Breakfast—register now!

January 4, 2010 - 8:30am

Join the Regional Transportation Alliance for our Annual Transportation Breakfast. Area elected officials will highlight the ongoing process for advancing a regional transit system, offering insights into key indicators and trends that impact our mobility, economy, and quality of life.

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RTA celebrates 10th anniversary at State of Mobility 2009 event

December 9, 2009 - 2:00pm

The Regional Transportation Alliance business leadership group celebrated the organization's tenth anniversary on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.  More than 150 business, transportation, and elected leaders heard from RTA chair Rick Weddle of The Research Triangle Park, Founding chair Smedes York of York Properties, and RTA Executive Director Joe Milazzo II, PE who provided the annual State of Mobility presentation.

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