Member briefing: October 2, 2020
- October 2, 2020
- Posted by: Joe Milazzo II
- Category: Member briefing
Happy October to all RTA members and partners.
Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation.
Register for RTA 19th Annual Meeting on November 19
As we begin a new month and a new organizational fiscal year, our thoughts look ahead to our 19th annual meeting, which is now just a few weeks away. You will hear from a host of business leaders about our equity, recovery, and opportunity focus across multiple priorities, as well as the implications of our “new” or “next” normal in mobility. The online event will be outstanding — but only if you can join us. It is included with your membership, so learn more and register here.
540 is flying
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the ongoing construction of Southern Wake 540 at the I-40 / future I-42 interchange. While the installation of girders for future flyovers was impressive, what was most exciting to me were thoughts of how communities across several counties will have a new, resilient, 70 MPH, all-day multimodal freeway in just a few years. Thank you to the NC Turnpike Authority, NCDOT, the Capital Area MPO, our members, and this region for the decade-long dedication that is making this vital connection a reality — and thank you to RTA Gold member WSP for the invitation to visit the progress of the Southern Wake 540 project.
Learn about our region’s longest BRT corridor
Wake County’s two largest communities are Raleigh and Cary, and they will be connected by the region’s longest bus rapid transit line later this decade. The corridor will travel via a new Western Boulevard extension, as well as along portions of existing Cary Towne Blvd. and Maynard Rd. in Cary and Western Blvd. in Raleigh. You can learn more about the Western Boulevard BRT corridor — including reviewing this week’s online video and Q&A session — and engage with this survey.
Your membership in the RTA business coalition gets our region moving faster. Thank you for your support!
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director