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Wake Forest Loop to offer shorter wait times and Saturday service

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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Loop, a fare-free bus for residents traveling within Wake Forest and a portion of Wakefield, will welcome the New Year by adding a second bus to run a reverse route and introducing Saturday service.

Currently, the WFL is comprised of one bus running the hour-long route Monday-Friday in a clockwise direction. Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, the WFL will operate six days-a-week enabling riders to travel both clockwise and counter-clockwise along the existing route cutting wait times in half from 60 to 30 minutes. The local service will remain free of charge.

The upcoming changes, coupled with enhancements introduced in October, are designed to make public transportation more accessible to larger numbers of residents.

In mid-October the WFL began offering an early/late extension along North Main Street and a mid-day extension into Heritage. At 6:32 a.m., 7:32 a.m., 8:32 a.m. and 9:32 a.m., the WFL departs Wake Forest Crossing, 12536 Capital Blvd., and makes stops at the intersections of North Main Street/East Oak Avenue and North Wingate Street/West Oak Avenue before proceeding to the CVS Pharmacy stop at the intersection of North White Street/Roosevelt Avenue. The late extension repeats the sequence hourly from 4:32 p.m. to 7:32 p.m.

The mid-day extension into Heritage is now offered hourly from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At the top of each hour, the WFL departs downtown Wake Forest and travels to a bus stop at the intersection of Heritage Branch Road/Branch Ferry Court before proceeding to the stop at Wakefield Commons, 14600 New Falls of Neuse Road.

Since 2008 Wake Forest Bus Service has included the WFL and the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express, a weekday rush-hour express to Triangle Town Center and downtown Raleigh. The result of a 2008 partnership between the town of Wake Forest, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and the city of Raleigh, both the local circulator and express routes are operated using GoRaleigh vehicles.

While the WFL is free, the WFX fare is $3 each way for adults. Daily passes and a variety of other passes are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and GoTriangle Regional Transit Center, 901 Slater Road, Durham. Passes may also be purchased online at www.GoTriangle.org.

As an alternative to driving to and from work, riding the bus offers many advantages, including flexible schedules; low cost; reduced wear, tear and maintenance on your personal vehicle; the opportunity to get work done during your commute, or read the paper — or just relax; and reduced emissions, cleaner air.

For complete information about Wake Forest Bus Service, including route schedules, maps, brochures and holiday schedules, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/transportation/bus-service or contact Transportation Engineer Jonathan Jacobs at 919-435-9441 or jjacobs@wakeforestnc.gov.

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