Member Briefing: August 5, 2022
- August 12, 2022
- Posted by: Joe Milazzo II
- Category: Member briefing
Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition – the voice of the regional business community on transportation.
Cary lights up transit
Cary has introduced solar-powered lights at many of their transit stops to provide added safety and visibility for patrons while being eco-friendly. The passenger-activated lights will also make the stops visible at night to notify bus drivers that someone wishes to board the bus.
Lighting at stops can normally consume energy between 50 watts in LED and 200 watts for incandescent. Solar power eliminates those costs; batteries for the lights charge during the day. Read more about the safety, accessibility and inclusion improvements Cary is making to their bus stops in this week’s blog.
RTA posts simplified current regional train schedule
The regional business community looks forward to, and supports, the continued development of an east-west regional/commuter rail spine along the NCRR corridor between Raleigh and Durham, extending west to Orange and Alamance counties and east to Johnston and Wayne counties. We also support an intersecting southwest to northeast S-line regional/commuter rail spine that would serve communities including Raleigh and Wake Forest.
We support the accelerated activation of our rail spines for expanded regional/commuter rail along both corridors. Fortunately, we already have the beginnings of a regional/commuter rail system in place right now.
We have posted a simplified train schedule for our members and partners that summarizes our current passenger rail offerings from the downtown Durham, Cary and Raleigh stations here:letsgetmoving.org/TrainSchedule . Each of our three stations is served by four or five passenger trains per direction every day. Our upcoming regional/commuter rail investments will increase the number of area stations and the frequency of trains to create more accessibility, mobility, and opportunity for our metropolitan community.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to regional business leadership on mobility.
Let’s get moving,
RTA Executive Director