The Research Triangle Park

The future of great ideas

the new Terminal 2 at the Raleigh-Durham Airport courtesy of the News & Observer

Transportation & Infrastructure

The 7,000 acre Research Triangle Park is at the core of crucial infrastructure assets, including:

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Located six miles east of The Research Triangle Park, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) provides efficient and cost-effective air travel for Park companies and the entire Triangle area.

In 2010, 9.1 million passengers traveled through Raleigh-Durham International Airport, one of the highest passenger counts on record with nearly 375 daily arrivals and departures, served by 8 major airlines and 18 regional airlines with 40 destinations served with nonstop flights.

A 2011 study by the Air Transport Research Society recognized RDU as the most efficient small or mid-sized airport in the U.S.

Interstates and Highways

North Carolina has the second largest state-maintained highway network in the United States. The East-West Interstate Highway 40 bisects Research Triangle Park. I-40 connects North Carolina with California.

Average driving times to various locations from RTP are:

  • Washington, DC – 5 hours
  • Charleston, SC – 5 hours
  • Atlanta, GA – 6.5 hours
  • New York, NY – 9 hours


Four thousand miles of track and 20 railroads crisscross North Carolina with major lines running with or near the Park. Freight service in the Research Triangle Park area is provided by Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation. Rail lines run on both the eastern and western borders of The Research Triangle Park between Raleigh and Durham.


North Carolina's ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in the Piedmont Triad at Greensboro, serve as competitive alternatives to ports in neighboring states. 


The low cost of utilities is another asset that gives RTP companies an edge in the global market, with Duke and Progress energy as the two suppliers for RTP.