CORRECTION: A map with a story in Thursday's Triangle & Co. section erred in showing the route of a planned rush-hour express bus from Zebulon and Wendell to Raleigh. The route follows U.S. 64-264 and does not pass through Knightdale. A corrected map is published today on page 2B.
Commuters who live or work in eastern Wake County will have new travel options when rush-hour express buses start rolling later this month to connect Zebulon and Wendell with WakeMed and downtown Raleigh.
Triangle Transit says the Zebulon/Wendell-Raleigh Express will run weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., starting Oct. 26.
Morning buses will leave a Zebulon park-and-ride lot (Compare Foods, 410 W. Gannon Ave.) at 5:55, 6:55 and 7:55 a.m., arriving an hourlater at the Moore Square Transit Center in downtown Raleigh.
Along the way, the buses will stop at a Wendell park-and-ride lot (East Fourth Street at Oakwood Avenue), in East Raleigh at WakeMed and Wake County Human Services, and at four stops in the state government complex downtown. Three afternoon buses will make the return trip, leaving Moore Square at 4:10, 5:10 and 6:10 p.m.
In addition, three morning buses will make the trip east from Raleigh, leaving Moore Square at 5, 6 and 7 a.m. Two afternoon buses will depart Zebulon for Raleigh at 5:05 and 6:05 p.m.
"It's a nice service to offer," said Debbie Laughery, spokeswoman for WakeMed, Wake County's largest private employer. "If it's easy to use and convenient, I can't imagine why both patients and our employees would not take advantage of it."
Triangle Transit is sponsoring the new service, with help from Raleigh and the towns of Zebulon and Wendell.
The service will run fare-free for the first five weeks, and then riders will start paying Dec. 1.
A trip costs $2.50 each way, with discount fares and passes available. Many government and private employers provide free or discounted transit passes to employees.
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