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Hours R - Line May Be Changing! 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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Current and Propsed R-Line Route

The Raleigh Transit Authority (RTA) is proposing a new R-Line route and would like your feedback!

R - Line May Be Changing!

Update: During the December 2019 Raleigh Transit Authority (RTA) Board Meeting, the public hearing was held for the proposed change. The RTA motioned to return the R-Line agenda item to the RTA’s Finance and Policy sub-committee, which will meet in January 2020. Once approved by this sub-committee, this item will be returned back to the RTA full board for consideration and approval.

For more information, 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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