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Hours New R-Line Route Approved Details on Buses

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The R-Line is Downtown Raleigh's free bus service to connect employees, residents and visitors to retail, restaurants, entertainment venues and parking in the Central Business District.


Monday-Wednesday Hours: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM   
Thursday-Saturday Hours:  7:00 AM - 2:15 AM
Sunday Hours:  1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The circulator will run approximately every 15 minutes. The route will be served by 2 buses that will allow for headways to remain at approximately 15 minutes.

Please note, the R-LINE only stops at designated R-LINE stops indicated on the route's map.

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New R-Line Route Approved

Map Showing Approved R-Line Route in Downtown

New R-Line Route Approved by Raleigh Transit Authority (RTA) in February 2020.

During the February 2020 Raleigh Transit Authority (RTA) Board Meeting, it was approved to move forward with the proposed new route. The RTA completed a public comment period and a public hearing in December 2020, where 340 survey responses were received and 1 comment given during the public hearing. 

For more information in the next steps with the route implementation, please feel free to contact staff at goraleigh@raleighnc.gov.

Details on Buses

This route is served by 3, 40' hybrid electric, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) style buses; one bus will serve as a spare. The City of Raleigh chose to use 40' buses because they can easily be placed into regular GoRaleigh bus service if necessary. The City of Raleigh chose a BRT style hybrid because it is environmentally friendly, will run quietly in the CBD and it provides a distinctive look to the service.

The green and blue colors emphasize its unique "green" attribute; they stand for blue air and green earth. The design of the bus also symbolizes that the R-Line is a joint effort of the Raleigh Transit Authority, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB). The "R" logo is part of the DRA's "You R Here" campaign. Also, the colors of the bus are not only environmentally friendly but are the colors of GRCVB's logo.

The R-LINE is an example of the Raleigh Transit Authority's commitment to expand transit service in Raleigh and the City of Raleigh's commitment to make Raleigh a "green" city. For more information visit www.YouRHere.com.

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