Friday Questions: Working in RTP

This week our Friday questions are all related to Research Triangle Park (RTP). We’ve held a few events out that way recently, and wanted to use today’s post to share some of the most frequent questions from those who work or frequently make the trip to RTP.

 

1. In the four scenarios that are currently being discussed, two show rail going to RTP. If this is the case, which corporate headquarters will have stops?

In the rail scenarios, Rail Rapid Transit is shown extending as far as NC 54 and Miami Boulevard (Durham County) in Research Triangle Park. This is an undeveloped property that is being reserved by RTP for transit-oriented development. No corporate headquarters are located there today, however, the property is in close proximity to several major employers. The proposed rail terminus is also within a mile of the Park Center, a major mixed use district soon to be constructed in RTP. The transit-oriented development areas would become the centers of RTP based transit services since employees and employers would need access to these locations for multiple reasons (meeting space, dining, etc.).

 

2. How do you expect RTP workers to get from a transit stop to work? Have you talked with any large employers about offering a shuttle?

Future services have not been planned in detail. RTP companies are involved and will stay engaged with the transit planning process, hearing updates progress and trade-offs and offering feedback through various channels. By and large, employers recognize the value of a robust transportation infrastructure that includes transit and they understand the specific challenges of transit in RTP. RTP employers have discussed the potential of operating shuttles and/or working together to fund shuttle service that would connect to the major transit corridors. The approach used today involves a series of shuttles operated by GoTriangle and several large employers. These connect various campuses to our regional bus station. Many RTP companies also have travel demand management programs in place which encourage employees to use alternative commuting modes (transit, carpooling, biking, etc). Enhanced transit service will benefit these programs.

 

3. How will this project work with major RTP corporations such as Cisco, IBM, etc. in planning efforts…. Especially in the way to attract more talents to the RTP area?

RTP companies have remained engaged with this process since the beginning, hearing updates on the Transit Choices Report and transit plan options, and offering feedback through various channels. By and large, employers recognize the value of a robust transportation infrastructure that includes rapid transit. This supports them in recruiting and retaining the best talent. Many RTP companies have travel demand management programs in place which encourage employees to use alternative commuting modes (transit, carpooling, biking, etc). Enhanced transit service will benefit these programs, making our companies more attractive places to work.

 

Do you have a question about the Wake County Transit Strategy? If so, drop us a line, give us a call or Tweet us. All of our contact information is below.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Questions: Working in RTP

  • July 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm
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    I was just wondering who was involved in taking away certain stops on the #2 falls route.. seems the ones we lost were @ traffic intersections, where we need 2 cross anyway since falls is sooo busy.. and the lane near north bend is a turning lane so it doesnt disrupt traffic u have 2 cross @ the light otherwise they will run u down. I have disabilities that make it hard to walk farther down 2 manasses or up to carlos. and making transfers @ millbrook is hard enough on a good day when buses r on time, then 2 take the stop closest 2 the intersection. apparently u dont have people riding the buses like i have 4 the last 10 yrs… just people sitting around tables figuring out how 2 make them move faster

    • July 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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      GoRaleigh (formerly Capital Area Transit) began a stop removal program in October 2014. The purpose of the program is to help make the existing transit system more efficient, better for customers, and more sustainable. In addition to looking at how the system can grow over time, we want to focus on improving the customer experience and improving on time performance of our routes. GoRaleigh will add, remove, or relocate bus stops, as necessary, to make service more efficient and provide consistent spacing of bus stops. As part of the plan, The Raleigh Transit Authority began to evaluate the GoRaleigh stops in the entire system in October 2014. The Raleigh Transit Authority reviews all plans, makes suggestions for changes or additions, and approves all plans prior to any signs being posted on stops for removal.

      Stops being recommended for removal will have a sign posted for a minimum of two weeks with contact information for transit staff and the next closest stop location. Our customers may then provide feedback and receive additional information on the process used to make the system more efficient. If a citizen has a special need or request, it will be taken into consideration prior to the stop being removed. If needed, the stop may be retained based on citizen input.
      The stop removal program will help keep buses on time, while saving fuel and maintenance expenses. The Raleigh Transit Authority will survey each route and determine adequate placing of each stop.

      More information is available at http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/news/content/CorNews/Articles/BusStopRemovalProgram.html

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