Two new buses will start running today in Wake Forest, where there was no bus service before.
This could be a big deal for people in Wake Forest who want to get out of town. And for people who want to get around town.
Commuters and others who travel to and from Raleigh can catch the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express. It will leave once an hour on workdays from a new park-and-ride lot on South White Street, just south of the intersection with East Elm Avenue. First stop, Triangle Town Center in North Raleigh.
During the morning and afternoon rush, the bus continues to downtown Raleigh, stopping at the state government center and Moore Square. The Wake Forest-Raleigh Express is fare-free for the first two weeks. After that, the rush-hour round trip is $5 — a little more than a gallon of regular.
If I commuted to Raleigh each day from Franklin County or northern Wake County, I'd jump at the chance to park my car in Wake Forest and let somebody else do the driving down the endless jam called Capital Boulevard.
Wake Forest and the Wakefield area also have a new local circulator bus. It will make a lazy hour-long loop through town, hitting all the hot spots from Lowe's to the public library. The Wake Forest Loop is fare-free through December; then, $1.