Member Briefing: July 29, 2022

Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition – the voice of the regional business community on transportation.


Durham Transit plan released — please review and comment

With Durham County at the center of our metropolitan core, it is essential for both Durham and the region that we have a new vision for accelerated, effective transit in place.  Fortunately, our partners at the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO, in concert with the City of Durham, Durham County, and GoTriangle, have done just that, by releasing a recommended plan for transit implementation in Durham over the next two decades.

The recommended plan is the result of feedback and analysis of three example scenarios that involved the inclusion of various bus, rail, and other complementary multimodal improvements. Kudos to RTA Leadership Team member Kimley-Horn for their outstanding work on transit plan development, and also to RTA member Catalyst Design for their work on the companion Durham Better Bus project.

I attended an event on the Durham transit proposal this week. My initial reaction is that the plan is a balanced approach for improved transit, and that is sensitive to local community needs for enhanced accessibility, improved regional mobility, and financial reality.

The Durham Transit plan partners are seeking feedback on the plan by August 19 via this survey. If at all possible, please view the updated plan webpage here, and/or view a narrative presentation here, before taking the survey.  In addition, I expect to have RTA offer formal comments on the recommended plan before the August 19 deadline.


Life Science and Mobility innovation breakfast – brief reprise

We have updated our RTA breakfast webpage with a corrected link to one of the videos from last week’s RTA 2022 Transportation Breakfast, presented by the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina.

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s breakfast event, and to each of our more than 50 RTA Regional Leadership Team companies, and indeed all of our members, who allow the RTA to drive consensus and action every day. Thank you also to Credit Suisse, the Research Triangle Foundation, TowneBank, and the Town of Cary for sponsoring this year’s annual breakfast event.

And of course, a special thank you to our friends at RTA Leadership Team member United Therapeutics, their subsidiary Unither Bioélectronique, and their partner firm Beta Technologies, for outstanding and inspiring presentations, as well as from our partners from the RDU Airport Authority.

This week’s blog provides more information about the event — and additional thank yous for those who made it a reality for you last week.


Thank you for your ongoing dedication to regional business leadership on mobility.

Let’s get moving,

RTA Executive Director

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