RELEASE: Business Community Explores Hyperloop Travel Concept for the Triangle and Beyond


June 11, 2019

 Executives from Virgin Hyperloop One, RTP, RDU Airport, and more will discuss the emerging intercity transportation technology at annual business community event this Friday, July 12

CARY – A consortium of local and state partners of the Regional Transportation Alliance – the voice of the regional business community on transportation – will discuss a new pre-feasibility analysis on the potential for a future hyperloop system to transform mobility and link key destinations across the Triangle and beyond.

WHAT:   Discussion of preliminary Triangle hyperloop pre-feasibility report at the 2019 RTA Transportation Breakfast event

WHEN: Friday, July 12 – 8 a.m. event start; *9:30 a.m. interview availability* at end of program

WHERE:  The Umstead Hotel & Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Dr. Cary, NC

WHO:200 business leaders and partners will attend the RTA event featuring speakers including:

  • Virgin Hyperloop One – Ryan Kelly, Ismaeel Babur
  • AECOM – Alan Eckman, Sreekanth Nandagiri
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation – David Howard, Jason Orthner
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority – Michael Landguth
  • Research Triangle Park – Scott Levitan
  • UNC Chapel Hill – Brad Ives, RTA transit chair
  • MetLife – Geoff Lang, RTA chair
  • Regional Transportation Alliance Joe Milazzo II, RTA executive director

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“North Carolina’s Research Triangle region – home to some of the country’s top companies, universities and healthcare centers – is an absolute prime location to examine hyperloop technology,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One.

“New and emerging technologies will change our relationship with transportation,” said David Howard, chief deputy secretary for the N.C. Department of Transportation. “It’s imperative we stay abreast of these technologies, and we’re excited to work with RTA and the regional business community as we advance the conversation about how these technologies can better connect North Carolinians to other regions of the country.”

“Our market is uniquely positioned to benefit from a hyperloop travel solution – not only due to our technology focus, spatial layout, and favorable mid-east coast location, but also the opportunity to leverage interconnections with a proposed enhanced regional bus rapid transit and rail network,” said Joe Milazzo II, PE, executive director of the Regional Transportation Alliance.  


About the Regional Transportation Alliance
RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. More than 100 companies and 27 member chambers of commerce work in concert with elected and transportation partners through the RTA to advance mobility options for our current and future prosperity. RTA is a regional program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at

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