Vision 2040: We’re Listening to Your Feedback

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority held public workshops on June 1 and 2 to share updates on our master planning process, Vision 2040. We are very appreciative of everyone who attended the workshops in Raleigh and Durham.


Area residents look at the 9 alternatives presented on June 1 in Raleigh.

Attendance and participation at both workshops was great, and we were able to hear what matters most to our customers and neighbors with regard to our future growth and development.

Many attendees shared written comments with us at the meetings, and we also received comments via our website. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback and questions.

Public comments are extremely important as we work toward a final development alternative. We encourage you to continue submitting questions and comments via our website. We invite you to view the nine alternatives and other materials presented at the June 1 and 2 meetings.

Most of the comments we’ve received so far are focused on connections at RDU for regional mass transit systems, considerations for environmentally-responsible development and convenient options for parking as well as improving connections between our terminals.

In the coming weeks, we will share more information on how Vision 2040 is shaping up, and we’ll specifically address questions and comments we’ve received. Continue to check back here and on our social media channels for the most up-to-date information on Vision 2040.

7th Public Workshop

In the meantime, we invite you to attend our 7th public workshop on June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Airport Authority Administration Offices. Our building is located across from Advantage Rental Car on Trade Drive at the airport. We’ve added this workshop to our original schedule in response to the great interest our region has shown in our master planning process.

At this workshop, we’ll be sharing the final four development alternatives as well as concepts for land use opportunities. As with our previous workshops, we’ll begin at 6 with a presentation by our master planning consultant team followed by a time for review of the proposed plans and one-on-one conversations with RDU staff and the master planning team.

Your comments are crucial to the process to develop the best master plan to allow RDU to support the air service needs of our growing region for the next 25 years.  And, don’t forget to join the conversation online by tagging your social media posts with #rdu2040.

Thank you for your feedback and participation in RDU’s Vision 2040 master planning process.

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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5 Responses to Vision 2040: We’re Listening to Your Feedback

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

    In general Alternatives 1,2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are critically flawed and should not be advanced for further consideration. Only Alternatives 3 and 5 (excluding relocated general aviation) meet the stated goals and are the most affordable. Consider the following specific comments

    1. New runway: Under no circumstances should a new runway be built closer to Umstead State Park as shown in Alternatives 1, 2 and 9. RDU should be a better neighbor to this irreplaceable resource. A new runway needs to be located to the west of 5L-23R. At 14,000 feet in length to accommodate the newest transatlantic jets it will be one of the longest on the east coast.
    2. Existing Runway 5L-23R: Under no circumstances should it converted to a taxiway as shown in Alternatives 4, 6, 7 and 8. Citizens of Durham and Wake Counties paid dearly for this runway. It was the need for cheap crushed rock to build it that justified a quarry adjacent to Umstead State Park in 1980. Collateral damage after the Federal government prevented a mid 1970’s RDU grand plan to align its runways into the state park. Runway 5L-23R at 10,000 ft compares to the largest active runways at any major airport on the east coast today. There is no need to convert a relatively new, fully functioning runway into a taxiway. There exists considerable space for adding new gates around RDU central parking as shown in Alternatives 2, 4, 5 and 6. The replacement cost using Florida DOT transportation costs (Janurary, 2016) has to be considerably more than $1 Billion, very expensive.
    3. Existing Runway 5R-23L: It has not been declared obsolete. Given the cost of building new runways it is difficult to justify building two new runways at a cost of more than $2 Billion as shown in Alternatives 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8. RDU has to be more cost conscience.
    4. General Aviation: Why build new, expanded general aviation infrastructure? Is there not a significant safety conflict between expanded general aviation and expanded commercial aviation at such a large airport? Relocating it closer to Umstead State Park as shown in Alternatives 3, 4 and 5 is also unacceptable. It seems to me RDU should be discouraging general aviation at RDU. There are outlaying airports with the capacity and need for more general aviation. Cannot RDU coordinate, even finance these airports to meet the needs of general aviation in the RTP region.
    5. Rental Car Facilities: Remote facilities are the trend, but at RDU there is room for such close-in to the terminals. Visitors will most appreciate a bus ride no longer than the current route. Combining remote parking and rental car returns seems like an obvious choice.
    6. Terminal T2: Building gate spurs as shown in Alternative 6 will be more disruptive and much more costly than a new terminal in Alternative 2 and 5. Again it means capriciously abandoning 5L-23R.
    7. Future Aviation Related Development in Alternative 2 has too many undefined possibilities to be allowed further inclusion at this time. There is no way to evaluate impacts, benefits or costs.
    8. Exisiting Runway 14-32: Close it. Traffic from this runway is routed directly over Umstead State Park. If a new runway is built west of 5L-23R, then 5R-23L can be used for general aviation.

  2. Deborah says:

    Conserve our green space!! It’s the most attractive thing about our community! Why would you even consider taking it away, especially as it detracts from the desirability of people wanting to relocate here, therefore bringing you more money. Your “Vision” is not the people’s vision.

    • Thank you for your comments on our master plan process. We are committed to two-way conversation with the public about our master plan, and your input is important to us. We are taking into consideration as we work to the final alternative for development. We understand and appreciate your interest in what we do with our property moving forward, and we are working to identify solutions that benefit our customers and region within the constraints that we have to adhere to.

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

    Please provide me the name and email address of the 2040 master plan project manager.

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