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Transit Alliance Tries to Untangle Triangle Traffic Knots

Posted January 19, 1999

— Members of the Regional Transportation Alliance hope to please commuters who live and work in the Triangle as well as local leaders who hope to attract more people and businesses to the area.

The Alliance was born of the funding shortage that could delayDepartment of Transportationplans to build new roads in the area.

The group is made up of various officials from Wake, Durham, and Orange counties, and they're looking for that elusive solution to the traffic problem.

At midday, Interstate 40 is busy, but moving. During evening rush hour, moving is a problem. Many hope the RTA will provide solutions.

"I think that traffic is a problem where there's a lot of construction and they should do construction when there are not a lot of cars out, like in the middle of the night," says driver Valerie Westover.

"It's probably not good for them to do construction then, but when it's five o'clock rush hour and there's one lane because they're working on the road, I think they need to pick a different time to do the work," Westover says.

"I think they need more lanes on I-40 from Raleigh to Durham, and probably the high-occupancy lanes, that might help. Mass Transit would be good, like monorail, or over in Washington, D.C., that would be great," says driver Carol Smiley.

Alliance members plan to review recent studies, then try to come up with a budget. They promise to have a solution to the Triangle's traffic problems by March.

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