Free circulator bus comes online

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Starting Friday, Raleigh residents will have a free way to get around downtown. The city has a new circulator bus that will run every 10 to 15 minutes around downtown-from Glenwood South, to the convention center, up Wilmington Street and down Peace Street back to Glenwood. Print a copy of the map below.

The downtown loop, also known as the R -Line, will be a free ride, made possible by a $365,000 annual grant from the federal government. Two hybrid busses sitting 36 people will serve the route. It will run 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The new bus line, according to city transit administrator David Eatman, is part of the downtown revitalization. “There are both a lot of entertainment and restaurant venues available in the downtown area, and with the bus rides made free for the public, it adds on the experience,” said Eatman.

The day before the new line officially launches, bus regulars were already pleased.  “With the bus system always taking a dollar here and a dollar there, it eventually adds up, with this now, it comes as a relief,” said 36-year-old Priscilla Hedgepoth while waiting for a bus at the Moore Square Station.

Print the R-Line route map:
Downtown Circulator Map

3 thoughts on “Free circulator bus comes online

  1. So glad to see the R-Line downtown! What a great move for Raleigh.

    Not sure about the City Market evening route. I can’t believe they did not come down Davie (day or evening). They have a good amount of condos down Davie and really nothing down Martin. It is pretty sad that they left out a good portion of residents that would likely use the bus day and night.

    But, hey, it’s a start!

  2. Love the bus, but also agree with HGT. Why did they does the evening route go down Martin where there is nothing on either side and have two stops on both sides of Moore Square?

    I think the bus would be better served if it reflects what it does on the other side of Fayetteville and have a stop on Davie. There is a pretty big mass of residents and local business (Davie and Blount intersection) when you consider ArtSpace, Palladium Plaza, Founder’s Row and Person Point.

    They just added some street side parking in front of Fins down to Pharaohs. It looks like a good place to pull the bus in. If not during the regular day route, at least on the evening route to satisfy safety concerns. I am sure the business owners on Davie and Artists at ArtSpace would appreciate a stop and it would probably get more downtown residents using it at night.

  3. The homeless people love the free bus ride around town and a fresh bench to sleep on. And it can drop them off right on the Salvation Army’s door step everyday.

    Great choice of stops to utilze tax payer’s money! I am sure the condo owners that have been paying their taxes for years appreciate it!