Member Briefing: April 28

I-40 Widening achieves substantial completion

Interstate 40, the Triangle’s main street, just got a little wider this week, and in a very good way.

The I-40 widening project, which RTA has consistently supported, achieved partial substantial completion this week, with multiple new lanes in both directions between I-87/I-440 (I-40 exit 301) and US 70/future I-42 (exit 309) now open for public use. This improvement has greatly alleviated a recurring bottleneck on the freeway while providing eight miles of widened traveled way. Learn more in this week’s blog.


RTA focuses on multimodal issues during Raleigh Chamber intercity visit to Denver

Earlier this week, several RTA members were among the nearly 175 members of the business community that had an opportunity to receive guidance from Colorado leaders on transit infrastructure during the Raleigh Chamber intercity visit to Denver.

Representatives from the City and County of Denver, Colorado DOT, and the RTD regional transit agency provided the business community and partners with valuable insights and lessons learned that will inform our thinking as we look to expand and accelerate BRT and advance intercity and regional rail transit in our market. We also visited a new freeway cap over I-70 in Denver that could help point the way to one or more potential successes in our region.

We found that we have far more similarities than differences in terms of our perspectives on the benefits and tradeoffs associated with bringing transit and mobility options to fruition in our respective growing regions. View the twitter feed for photos and conversation.


RTA Engages With Fulton County, Ga. Intercity Visit

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce during their visit to our market. I presented on how the Triangle area is handling growth issues and opportunities in our region, along with a variety of RTA priorities across all modes of transportation. We discussed our region’s plans for BRT and other transit initiatives, and how the regional business community engages in those issues. I also touched on the need for a comprehensive regional transit system that can support the growing population of Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area, and the importance of investing in airport, highway, and transit infrastructure to keep up with the region’s growth.

My understanding is that they found their visit here both enjoyable and informative; I look forward to seeing them in Alpharetta or another north Georgia venue soon to learn from their successes as well.


Thank you, as always, for your membership and support.

Let’s get moving,

RTA Executive Director

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