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Raleigh-Charlotte bus line gets funding

Posted Monday, July 11, 2005

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The N.C. Board of Transportation has awarded $41,267 to Carolina Trailways to establish daily bus service between Raleigh and Charlotte.

The funds are part of the N.C. Department of Transportation's Intercity Bus Program, which was created in 1998 to improve travel options in certain areas of the state.

Federal Transit Administration funds, combined with a state and local match, will support Carolina Trailways' new service, projected to begin in September.

The route will travel along U.S. Highway 64 and N.C. Highway 49, connecting riders to a nationwide bus network via the Raleigh and Charlotte stations.

The round-trip fare will be $60, with a one-way fare set for around $30. A midway, one-way trip, say Raleigh to Asheboro, will cost around $15.

The service will provide one daily round trip between 7 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

The expected route has the bus leaving Raleigh in the morning, going to Charlotte and coming back in the afternoon, but the exact schedule is not set yet.

Stops are planned for Apex in Wake County; Siler City and Pittsboro in Chatham County; Farmer, Ramseur and Asheboro in Randolph County; Richfield in Stanly County; and Mount Pleasant in Cabarrus County.

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