Transit options improve for Johnston commuters

November 3, 2013 

Ah, the joys of living in Johnston County. Better buys for the money in homes. More wide-open spaces. A small town and country feel. But, oh, the woes for those loyal Johnstonians who have to go to downtown Raleigh to work. Traffic. Accidents. Parking.

But now, thanks to some funds from the state Department of Transportation, Capital Area Transit and Triangle Transit will, one hopes, make life easier for commuters from Johnston and those who travel the Zebulon-Wendell-Raleigh express bus.

Starting in mid-December, Johnston commuters can park their cars at the Walmart on N.C. 42 and get an express bus to work in Raleigh. Those who use the Zebulon-Wendell-Raleigh bus will have twice the buses (six instead of three) running 30 minutes apart instead of 60.

The money’s being spent to ease expected traffic jams related to a three-year project of rebuilding on the southern Beltline.

But who knows? These commuters might find they can survive quite nicely without the chore, sometimes painful, of commuting every morning. Perhaps this will build support for things like light rail, even among the Wake County commissioners who’ve opposed it.

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