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Cameron Village lobbies for stop on free Raleigh bus line

Posted February 2, 2015

— The R-Line, Raleigh’s free downtown bus service, doesn’t stop in Cameron Village.

But there’s an effort underway to change that.

Pat Boyle, marketing director for Cameron Village, is carrying an armful of petitions to bring the R-Line to the shopping and residential hotspot. The petition is also online.

“We have over 2,100 people who in a short amount of time said, ‘Yes, come on. Bring it over,’” Boyle said.

Cameron Village is a couple of miles from the heart of the city, but it's home to the closest grocery store for those who live downtown.

“Within the last year, over 1,000 apartments have come online,” Boyle said about the residential growth at Cameron Village. Expanding the R-line would be “a way to move people between downtown and Cameron Village without getting in a car.”

David Eatman, transit administrator for the City of Raleigh, said expanding R-Line service is part of a much bigger discussion about the region's transit future. He said, even if the R-Line doesn't serve Cameron Village, another dependable, frequent bus service might help.

“As we get areas that are more dense in population, those are things that we're going have to think about," Eatman said.

Eatman said the city has the petitions and is looking at tweaks to the R-Line service. A decision could come in several months.

“I hope they review it, give it serious consideration and, of course, I hope we get a stop,” Boyle said.

Wake County officials want residents’ input on the region's long-term transit plans. Visit the county’s website to participate.


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  • peterk1970 Feb 4, 2015

    I wonder how many people who are complaining about the R-Line being free are just as upset that NC-540 is a toll road.

  • Classified Feb 3, 2015

    "I'm surprised at this however, due to many of their elite attitudes."

    Boy doesn't someone’s ability to enunciate tick some people off.

  • heelzfan4 Feb 3, 2015

    Cameron Village, unlike many businesses downtown, are all about getting something that they don't have to pay for. I'm surprised at this however, due to many of their elite attitudes.

  • Jackson Smith Feb 3, 2015
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    only if people were on the bus. Most of them are EMPTY.

  • Jackson Smith Feb 3, 2015
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    It is perfect for the festivals that are downtown. How does that help other parts of Raleigh. I see the full size buses. Pay your way. Not like the ferries and other gifts to certain voters.

  • Jim Dunn Feb 3, 2015
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    Actually I believe it is a service paid for by the downtowm businesses or was supposed to be when they started it.
    It's used mainly to move drinkers from one bar to the next after sunset.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Feb 3, 2015

    Adding Cameron Village to the current loop would slow things down too much, I believe.

  • Pepe Silvia Feb 3, 2015

    I have used the R-Line many times while downtown, its a great way to get around and it just makes one big loop through downtown so it comes frequently. It is perfect for the many festivals and events that go on in downtown (drawing tons of people to the city to spend money at local businesses) If I am using that bus, I am also spending a decent chunk of money in downtown Raleigh that day. It is a convenience, not a necessity for me, if they didn't offer the bus for free I'd most likely just walk like I used to, not pay for it. Downtown Raleigh isn't that big.

    Adding a Cameron Village loop (C-Line?) with a separate bus would be much more ideal then expanding the entire loop out, which would slow thing down.

  • Will Sonnett Feb 3, 2015
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    Free?!?! What money tree did the funding for "free" bus service fall from?

  • I Have a Discernible Chin Feb 3, 2015

    Ok, there's a lot of confusion about the R-Line. Do a little research. The R-Line is for people who are too good to get on the other buses that you have to pay for. They're not going anywhere important like the store, doctor or drugstore. They're going to bars downtown and at Glenwood South. This is a service paid for by your taxes that goes to benefit people who own businesses downtown and who have the help of the city council. There are more important things Raleigh can do with out tax money.