Vision 2040: Determining the Future of RDU

On June 1, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority will kick off Vision 2040, our master planning program that will chart the airport’s future development over the next 25 years.

With the completion of Terminal 1 just last year, the Airport Authority completed a 15-year, nearly $1B construction period. During this time, we built a new parking garage, general aviation complex and Terminal 2 in addition to the Terminal 1 renovation.

RDU kicks off Vision2040 on June 1.

RDU kicks off Vision2040 on June 1.

We now turn our focus to the future.  Through Vision 2040, the Airport Authority is continuing its commitment to providing its customers a world-class experience while maintaining its role as one of the region’s economic drivers with an $8B annual impact.

To do this, we must plan for the future, but how do we do this?

First, we begin by assessing the airport’s infrastructure, facilities and available property. These assessments will allow us to define a capital improvement and asset management program that will take us through 2040.

An important part of this process will be public engagement.

Throughout the process, public involvement and stakeholder engagement will be critical to ensuring that the selected plan meets users’ needs by providing an efficient airport in a cost-effective manner. It will also meet the community’s needs by maintaining the airport’s role as one of the region’s economic drivers.

A total of eight public engagement events will be held — with the first to be held on June 29 in Durham and the second to be held on June 30 in Raleigh.  At these events, representatives from the airport will discuss the master planning process and the goals for the program, as well as a timeline and other considerations.

We invite the public to join us in this process. It will be an exciting time as we chart the airport’s course for the future.

About Richard "Dickie" Thompson

Richard "Dickie" Thompson is the chairman of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, which manages Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
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2 Responses to Vision 2040: Determining the Future of RDU

  1. Pat McCutchen says:

    Anyone who lived here through the 70’s and 80’s will remember all too well RDU Airport’s notorious Plan B Expansion initiative. That plan, which very nearly came to fruition, would have turned major runways 180 degrees, paralleling Rt. 40 and sending low-flying air traffic directly over Umstead State Park, Meredith College and NC State, not to mention the homes of thousands of new Triangle residents who thought they’d made wise decisions, choosing to purchase their new homes in quiet residential areas likely to increase in value. It took years for citizens of this area to fight RDU to a standstill, forcing them to back down, retain their existing runway configuration, and avoid turning the noise corridor such that it was in total conflict with decades of land use planning designed to be compatible with the noise impact of overflights. TRIANGLE CITIZENS BEWARE . . . do not fail to inform yourselves about this new airport master planninig process or to take this opportunity to ensure the RDU Airport Authority does not try once again to take away the peace and tranquility of your neighborhoods and the value of your properties in its drive to provide an “efficient airport in a cost-effective (!!!) manner”. We don’t want to have to fight the RDU monster yet again . . . but I have a gut-wrenching feeling that’s what will come to pass if we fail to nip it in the bud early on!

  2. Willim H Doucette Jr, Ph.D. says:

    I also remember RDU’s Plan B from the 1970s, and other more recent times when adverse impacts to Umstead State Park were not considered in RDU decisions. It seems to me that the protection of Umstead should be a guiding principle in any planning for RDU and any decision that potentially could adversely impact the park. But, RDU provides no information on its planning principles in its documentation. Does RDU have a standing policy about about interactions with and impacts to its biggest neighbor, Umstead? If not, then now is the time. Its the first logical step in the planning process.

    Further, If RDU is interested in exchanging property with Umstead State Park, then it should be reflected in this master planning process. The inventory of RDU lands should immediately be expanded to include land, water and biological characteristics appropriate for consideration of inclusion to a State Park. The maps I have seen as part of SB 486 leave out the most appropriate properties for inclusion to the park.

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