Story from staff reports.
Cary, NC – Just around the corner from the newly renovated Cary Depot, The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) will hold its RTA 2012 Transportation Breakfast gathering leaders from North Carolina and Virgina to talk about their common mass transit goals.The event theme is “Higher Speed Rail in NC and VA: Lengthening and Strengthening the Northeast Corridor (NEC)” and takes place at Cary’s herb Young Community Center this Friday (April 27) from 7:30-9:30 am.
Speakers for the 2012 event include
- N.C. State Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell Jr., chair of VA-NC High Speed Rail Compact
- Va. State Sen. John Watkins, immediate past chair of VA-NC High Speed Rail Compact
- N.C. State Sen. Neal Hunt, co-chair of the N.C. Senate Appropriations Committee
- Corey Hill, director, project development and delivery for the Federal Railroad Administration
All speakers will share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges associated with advancing higher speed rail travel between the two states and connecting to the Northeast Corridor at Washington, D.C.
Promote Transit, Promote Quality of Life
RTA mission includes promoting transit as a means to attract top job opportunities in the region and to help our region continue to be sustainable. They believe our population will continue to grow, and without planning for our future and involving mass transit our area will not enjoy a good quality of life like we do today.
Currently there’s a lot of buzz about mass transit in the Triangle. see our Transit Panel story and Wake Up! Wake recent coverage. Cary is due to have expanded rail and bus service as our population grows and our roads become more congested. What most residents want to know is when and where and how will they be impacted?
“Advancing higher speed rail travel in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C., will enhance the economic viability of the southern mid-Atlantic area and help lengthen and strengthen the Northeast Corridor (NEC),” notes Clymer Cease, RTA chair.
According to Joe Milazzo, RTA executive director:
“The RTA Transportation Breakfast will provide an outstanding venue for legislative leaders from The Old North State and The Old Dominion to share their perspectives on new opportunities that higher speed rail promises for our region, along with the challenges we will face to make it a reality.”
If you are interested in learning more about plans and ideas for mass transit in our region, attend this breakfast.
Regional Transportation Alliance Breakfast
Friday, April 27, 2012
7:30 am – 9:30 am
Herb Young Community Center
101 Wilkenson Ave, Downtown Cary
Cost free for RTA members, $25 for all others
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