July marks the 10th anniversary of transit service in Wake Forest, and town officials are marking the occasion by reminding area residents of the benefits of riding the bus.
Transit service officially began in Wake Forest on July 21, 2008, giving residents the opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service that provides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.
The result of a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles.
The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express serves a Park and Ride Lot (located at the intersection of White Street and Elm Avenue) in Wake Forest, the Triangle Town Center Park-and-Ride at Orvis, and the Moore Square Transit Station during morning and afternoon peak hours.
The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express fare is $3 each way for adults. Daily passes are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Daily and discounted 31-day express passes are available at GoTriangle Regional Transit Center, 901 Slater Road, Durham. Passes may also be purchased online at www.GoTriangle.org.
The Wake Forest Loop is a fare free, local circulator for residents wanting to travel within Wake Forest and a portion of the Wakefield community. The loop also serves the Park and Ride Lot at White Street and Elm Avenue for those riders wanting to connect with the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express during peak hours and with Triangle Town Center in midday.
As an alternative to driving to and from work, riding the bus offers many advantages, including flexible schedules; low cost; reduced wear, tear and maintenance on your personal vehicle; the opportunity to get work done during your commute, or read the paper – or just relax; and reduced emissions, cleaner air.
For more information on Wake Forest Bus Service, including route brochures and schedules, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/busservice.aspx or contact Transportation Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.