Wake Forest preparing to relocate bus service park and ride lot

The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of relocating the Wake Forest Bus Service Park and Ride Lot that serves the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop.

Currently located in downtown Wake Forest at the southwest corner of White Street and Elm Avenue, the lot will be temporarily relocated to the former SunTrust Bank parking lot situated on the opposite corner of White and Elm. The relocation is necessary due to the pending construction of Power House Row, a 9,800-square-foot mixed-use building with commercial and residential apartment spaces, slated to begin in mid-August. A permanent park and ride location will be announced later this summer.

Bus riders will notice that the bus shelter has already been removed from the current lot. However, the relocation of the park and ride lot will not officially take effect until Monday, Aug. 6. Until then, bus riders may continue to utilize the current location.

Transit service officially began in Wake Forest in July 2008 giving residents the opportunity to ride a weekday rush-hour express from Wake Forest to downtown Raleigh and use a local circulator service that provides access to local grocery stores, shopping and other services.

The result of a partnership between the Town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the City of Raleigh, both the express and the local circulator routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles.

The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express serves the park and ride lot in downtown Wake Forest, the Triangle Town Center Park-and-Ride at Orvis, and the Moore Square Transit Station during morning and afternoon peak hours.

The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express fare is $3 each way for adults. Daily passes are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Daily and discounted 31-day express passes are available at GoTriangle Regional Transit Center, 901 Slater Road, Durham. Passes may also be purchased online at www.GoTriangle.org.

The Wake Forest Loop is a fare free, local circulator for residents wanting to travel within Wake Forest and a portion of the Wakefield community. The loop also serves the park and ride lot for those riders wanting to connect with the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express during peak hours and with Triangle Town Center in midday.

For more information on Wake Forest Bus Service, including route brochures and schedules, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/busservice.aspx or contact Transportation Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

Posted by Bill Crabtree 07/27/2018