Research Triangle Park, NC (July 26, 2019) – Helping people take advantage of educational opportunities in the Triangle is one of the most gratifying aspects of providing public transit, so GoTriangle is thrilled to be offering a new route that directly serves the new Wake Tech RTP Campus in Morrisville.
Starting Aug. 5, Route 310 will run every 30 minutes weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from the Regional Transit Center to the Wake Tech RTP campus and other Perimeter Park stops. Because GoTriangle has direct routes between Chapel Hill, downtown Durham, Cary, North Raleigh and downtown Raleigh and the Regional Transit Center, people from all points of the Triangle will be able to access Wake Tech RTP.
For the month of August, fare on Route 310 will be free.
“We’re excited about this new service,” said Wake Tech President Scott Ralls. “Getting to campus can sometimes be a challenge for students seeking the dream of a higher education and a better life. This new route will help make classes accessible to more people.”
More than 1,200 students, not counting those taking nondegree classes, currently attend the RTP Campus. Enrollment across all Wake Tech locations is more than 74,000. The fall semester starts Aug. 15.
The Wake Tech RTP Campus opened last fall with one building. Construction on a second building is expected to start later this year. The 94-acre campus eventually will have the capacity to serve as many as 7,000 students.
The RTP Campus specializes in IT and business programs and also offers University Transfer and CCP (dual enrollment for high school students). That means Route 310 might also help Wake County high school students who participate in the dual enrollment program access more opportunities. All teenagers 18 and under can ride free on all Triangle agencies with a Youth GoPass.
“The creation of Route 310 shows how public transportation is so much more than just getting people from Point A to Point B,” said GoTriangle President and CEO Jeff Mann. “A healthy transit network opens up life-changing opportunities that some people could never take advantage of without access to transit.”
Route 310 is part of the Wake Transit Plan, which Wake County voters approved in November 2016. Money from the half-cent designated sales tax that voters also approved will pay for it.
Also on Aug. 5, GoTriangle will begin offering a new North Raleigh Express route along I-540 that will run from Triangle Town Center to a park-and-ride lot off Falls of Neuse and Strickland roads to the Regional Transit Center – perfect for students traveling between the Scott Northern Wake Campus on Louisburg Road and the RTP Campus.
The NRX also will be free throughout August. Find more information about all new GoTriangle service starting in August here. GoTriangle is the area’s regional transit provider.
Later in the 2020 fiscal year, Route 310 will be expanded to serve the Cary Depot, providing a larger portion of Morrisville with all-day transit service.
Through 2028, the Wake Transit Plan seeks to connect the region, connect all Wake County communities, provide frequent, reliable urban mobility and enhance access to transit by expanding bus service, improving bus stops and shelters, implementing four bus rapid transit corridors and building a 37-mile commuter rail system from Garner through Raleigh to Durham.
Find more information about the transit plans here.
For more information on transportation options for Wake Tech, visit greentrek.waketech.edu.