Apr 11, 2024 - News

R-Line bus returns to downtown Raleigh

The downtown Raleigh skyline at dusk

The downtown Raleigh skyline. Photo: Visit Raleigh

GoRaleigh is reviving its R-Line bus, which was shuttered after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Raleigh announced.

Why it matters: Before the pandemic, the R-Line was a free bus service that circulated downtown Raleigh every 15 minutes. It was designed for convention center visitors, but downtown residents and workers used the service, too.

State of play: In 2021, after the pandemic and remote work emptied Raleigh's downtown core, GoRaleigh halted the R-Line service.

  • Staffing levels of GoRaleigh bus drivers are now at levels to support its return, the News & Observer reported.
  • The R-Line makes stops at several prominent locations downtown, including the convention center, Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Union Station and the state Capitol building.

What's next: The R-Line will be back in service beginning May 5.

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