Officials look at future of transportation in the Triangle

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (WNCN) — Local officials are looking to the future and that means figuring out a way to deal with expected traffic issues over the next 25 years.

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) teamed up with the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) to explore and compare ways to improve transportation in the Triangle.

In the next two decades, research shows the RTP region alone is expected to grow by 72 percent.

Experts say without preventative steps, this will clog the region’s roadways and increase transportation demands.

“Transportation is essential for our community’s future as we grow, and making sure we bring together the best minds and the best innovations is not just a good idea, it’s essential for our success,” said Joe Milazzo, RTA’s executive director.

Milazzo believes one early way to tackle these anticipated problems is a November ballot measure. The Wake Transit Plan is proposing a half-cent sales tax hike to bring new buses and routes, as well as other services.

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