Member Briefing: October 30, 2020

See below for a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation. Be sure to register for the RTA 19th annual meeting on November 19th – it is included with your RTA membership.

Should you fly? Will you fly?
The regional business community is always looking for ways to ensure and advance the success of RDU International, and therefore our community. Our organization’s top overall priority remains sustainable funding for the airport, and that will continue into 2021. For this week’s blog, we focus on each of us, and the factors that go into the decision to fly again. Safety will remain a concern, even though some indications are that flying may be safer than grocery shopping, and that aircraft cabin air could be better than that in office environments or homes. While RTA will not encourage or discourage people to travel by air, we will speak to the essential need for a successful airport, and we will highlight the unique ability afforded by air travel to make real life, face-to-face connections that would otherwise be impractical or impossible.

A great weekend for a Capital survey
Last fall, RTA endorsed the City of Raleigh’s proposal to upgrade Capital Boulevard to a multimodal gateway between I-440 and I-540. The proposed concept would create separated through lanes near the center median that would save between 25-50 minutes in travel time by eliminating all traffic signals. It would also create safer pedestrian crossings, maintain local lanes and business access at-grade, and activate new transit priority lanes. You can take a brief survey – it closes this Sunday evening, November 1st – about possible upgraded bicycle and pedestrian facilities, economic development areas, and policy goals.

And a good week to reflect on “NCDOT moves”
NCDOT is updating the State’s long-range transportation plan. Their goal is to make North Carolina’s transportation network increasingly responsive, connected, and inclusive. If you have a few minutes this coming week, please take this survey and offer your perspective; click here for more information.

Your membership in the RTA business coalition gets our region moving faster. Thank you for your investment!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

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