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Proforma BrandCentric Solutions
The message from the last Raleigh YPN event was clear: Raleigh continues to grow. While having more than 60 people migrate to Wake County every day has benefits, it also creates a logistical challenge. What exactly is the best way to transport all of these people? Several people from the transportation industry came to share some of the things currently in the works.
Andy Willard and Ashley Schultz from GoTriangle came to talk about all of the success of the bus program. From new routes to improved stops, there was a lot to discuss. One of the highlights was the Youth GoPass, which allows youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to ride the bus for free. There was a big focus on using buses to alleviate traffic, as well as planning for routes that make the most sense for riders.
Next Crystal Feldman, from the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, spoke about the airport’s plan to accommodate all of the growth in our region—Vision 2040. From adding new gates to replacing the runway, the airport authority is committed to serving more than 10 million passengers annually. Additionally, Crystal took a sidebar to explain some keys to her professional success. As vice president of communications, government & community affairs, Crystal shared an important message about challenging yourself, being resilient, and leaving a positive impression on everyone you encounter.
We then heard from Natalie Griffith Ridout from the Regional Transportation Alliance. Natalie shared some of RTA’s priorities, including alleviating congestion along I-40, and accelerating the 540 southeast extension. She mentioned GoTriangle’s efforts to get around traffic, specifically the Bus on Shoulder System.
Finally, all of the panelists returned to the stage to answer audience questions, ranging from allocation of funds to the recent surge of scooter transportation. Combine all the knowledge with a fun, transportation-themed icebreaker and you have an event that was one for the books. Be sure to join us for our Young Professionals Network Social on July 16!