Express bus to Raleigh draws few riders in first two weeks of service

Posted on January 6, 2014 

  • JCX route

    Stops: Parking lot of the Walmart in the Cleveland community; Moore Square Station in Raleigh; corner of Edenton and Wilmington streets in Raleigh.

    Schedule: 6 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 to 6:10 p.m. Monday through Friday; a bus arrives at each stop every 30 minutes.

    Cost: Free for now; $2.50 each way starting Feb. 3.

So far, only a handful of people are riding the new express bus between Johnston County and downtown Raleigh.

Triangle Transit launched the route Dec. 16 to help commuters escape traffic jams during the rebuilding of Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

The JCX route starts near the garden center at Walmart in the Cleveland community. The bus then travels nonstop to downtown Raleigh, dropping off riders at Moore Square Station and at the corner of Edenton and Wilmington streets. The bus runs weekdays in the morning and in the late afternoon to evening.

From Dec. 16 to Dec. 30, only 126 people rode the bus. Dec. 18 had the most riders, with 25; Dec. 23 had the fewest, with only three.

But the low ridership was according to plan, said Brad Schulz, communications officer for Triangle Transit.

“This period between the 16th of December and January is a chance for us to time the route a little bit better – to see where there may be some additional corrections in the route we need to make,” Schulz said.

The one-way trip takes about 30 minutes. The bus, which can seat 36 people, has Wi-Fi, and it can travel along the shoulder of I-40 if traffic stalls.

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