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Finally: Triangle Transit direct Raleigh-to-RDU bus starts Aug. 16

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Triangle Transit will start direct bus service from downtown Raleigh to Raleigh-Durham International Airport in August.

The RDU bus service will be offered Monday through Saturday (day corrected 5/28/10) from Moore Square and N.C. State University to RDU, then continue to the regional transit center on Slater Road near Research Triangle Park. The buses will run every 30 minutes during the day, and hourly in the evening and on Saturday.

The Raleigh-RDU service was approved Wednesday by Triangle Transit trustees along with other schedule and route changes that will take effect Aug. 16. The three-county agency is simplifying its schedule with a plan to replace several routes based in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh with fewer routes. ... [MORE]

Durham Station to open Feb. 22; circulator on hold

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Downtown Durham’s next big opening will come on Feb. 22, when city buses start rolling through the $17.6 million Durham Station transit center.

But a city budget squeeze will delay the launch of fare-free downtown circulator bus service, which had been planned to start with the Durham Station opening.

(Meanwhile, Raleigh's downtown circulator bus, called R-Line, will start rolling this Friday.)

The two-story, 10,000-square-foot transit hub stands on the former Heart of Durham Hotel site, at the corner of West Pettigrew and Chapel Hill streets. A dedication ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Feb. 23.

It will be a generous replacement for the cramped, dirty bus transfer center two blocks away. ... [MORE]

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