The Piedmont Triad has approached transportation planning on the regional level, beginning with the creation of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation. Over the past 25 years, there have been numerous studies on congestion, growth, transit services, and passenger rail in the region. The conclusions have all been the same. As a region, we will continue to grow, and with that comes increased congestion on major highways, longer commutes, and higher transportation costs. Read our History of Regional Planning Efforts (PDF).