Free Downtown Circulator

Last updated Nov. 15, 2019 - 1:06 pm

The R-LINE is Downtown Raleigh's FREE bus service to connect employees, residents and visitors to retail, restaurants, entertainment venues and parking in the Central Business District (CBD). The service has its own distinct look and feel from regular GoRaleigh bus service. This makes the R-LINE distinguishable for riders from a distance.


Monday-Wednesday Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:15 a.m.
Sunday Hours: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The circulator will run approximately every 15 minutes. The route will be served by two buses that will allow for headways to remain at approximately 15 minutes.

Please note, the R-LINE only stops at designated R-LINE stops indicated on the route's map.

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R - Line May Be Changing

Proposed Rline Map

The Raleigh Transit Authority (RTA) is proposing a new R-Line route and would like your feedback!

Ways To Give Your Input:

  • Complete Online Survey

  • Attend a Public Meeting
    Wednesday, November 20
    Raleigh Municipal Building, Conference Room 303
    Afternoon Session: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Evening Session: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
Staff will also be engaged with local organization meetings/events during November and December.

- Downtown Raleigh Alliance: Quarterly Rundown:
November 12 at 6 p.m. and November 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Details on Buses

This route is served by three 40-foot hybrid electric, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) style buses; one bus will serve as a spare. The City of Raleigh chose to use 40-foot buses because they can easily be placed into regular GoRaleigh bus service if necessary. The City of Raleigh chose a BRT style hybrid because it is environmentally friendly, will run quietly in the CBD and it provides a distinctive look to the service.

The green and blue colors emphasize its unique "green" attribute; they stand for blue air and green earth. The design of the bus also symbolizes that the R-Line is a joint effort of the Raleigh Transit Authority, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB). The "R" logo is part of the DRA's "You R Here" campaign. Also, the colors of the bus are not only environmentally friendly but are the colors of GRCVB's logo.

The R-LINE is an example of the Raleigh Transit Authority's commitment to expand transit service in Raleigh and the City of Raleigh's commitment to make Raleigh a "green" city. For more information visit our site.

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