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.
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