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Triangle Transit will launch a rush-hour express bus Monday to connect Knightdale with WakeMed and downtown Raleigh.
The Knightdale-Raleigh Express will make three trips each way on weekdays between 6 and 9 a.m. and between 4 and 7 p.m.
The inbound morning run starts in Knightdale at Village Park Drive at Rex Healthcare, then stops nearby at the Duke Medical Plaza park-and-ride lot.
Stops in Raleigh include WakeMed, Wilmington Street at Edenton street downtown, and the Moore Square Transit Center, where riders can transfer to other Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit buses.
Riders will travel for free for the first five weeks, through Feb. 5. The regular fare will be $2.50 one-way or $5 round-trip, with discount fares and passes available. Some Raleigh employers provide free or reduced-cost transit passes for workers.
It’s the third commuter express bus launched since 2008 to link Raleigh with outlying towns. The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express started in July 2008, followed in October by the Zebulon/Wendell-Raleigh Express.