New bus routes begin to ease Fortify delays on I-40

Posted January 9, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015

— Four new express bus routes will begin serving southern Wake County on Monday to help combat delays associated with Fortify – the state's multimillion-dollar project to rebuild an 11.5-mile stretch of Interstates 40 and 440.

Triangle Transit will operate the bus routes, which take people from Cary to downtown Raleigh, south Cary to Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina to Raleigh and Clayton to Raleigh.

New bus routes kicking off Jan. 12 are:

  • Cary to Downtown Raleigh (Route 300X): Weekday express service every 30 minutes between the Cary Train Station and downtown Raleigh from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • South Cary to Raleigh (CTX): Weekday express service every 30 minutes between the Park-and-Ride lot at Wellington Park Shopping Center in South Cary, NC State University and downtown Raleigh from 6:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fuquay-Varina to Raleigh (FRX): Weekday express service every 30 minutes between two Park-and-Ride lots in the Town of Fuquay-Varina and downtown Raleigh. The Park-and-Ride lots are located at South Park and the Food Lion off of Hilltop Needmore Road. Service will run from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Clayton to Raleigh (CLX): Weekday express service every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between the Park-and-Ride lot at the Dollar Tree in Clayton off of Town Centre Boulevard and the Park-and-Ride lot at the White Oak Shopping Center and downtown Raleigh.

Drivers on I-40 will notice increased Fortify activity in the coming weeks as crews shift their focus from I-440 to the bigger, more labor intensive portion of the rebuild.The I-440 section likely will be completed by the end of January.

Barrier walls are now in place on I-40 between Gorman Street and the U.S. Highway 1 intersection to protect crews. Barrier walls restrict access to shoulders. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said driver should use extra caution traveling along the south side of Raleigh on I-40.

“You're going see lanes begin to shift, and when the shift starts, the traffic impacts will as well,” DOT spokesman Mike Charbonneau said in December. “Drivers will notice that, but it's going to be a continual process until they get the pattern in place.”

The new traffic pattern will remain until the project is done in 2016.

Charbonneau said the early part of the project may not cause huge backups at first, but that doesn’t mean the smooth sailing will continue.

“Don't let your guard down,” he said. “Don't let what you see at the beginning of January make you think that's all you're going to experience with the project.”

NCDOT wants to get 30,000 vehicles off I-40 every day to minimize congestion through the work zone. They are encouraging drivers who use the road to consider shifting their work schedules, telecommuting or using public transit.


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  • Hanging On Jan 13, 2015

    Gingerlynn - for a doctor's appointment, drive your car like you would normally. It's not mandatory to ride the bus every day.

  • Hanging On Jan 13, 2015

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    They have an "Emergency Ride Home" program that gives you a voucher for a ride home in a taxi.

    Emergency Ride Home (ERH) is available when:

    * You or an immediate family member gets sick or has a severe crisis.

    * Your carpool driver has to unexpectedly leave early or stay late.

    * You must work unscheduled overtime.

  • Ginger Lynn Jan 12, 2015
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    Yes and if you have to pick up a sick child, or stay late at work, or have a dr's appointment, exactly how does this help you?

  • raphael27520 Jan 12, 2015

    Good for Bus riders.
    Too bad for the 99+% I-40 commuters who can't take the bus because it doesn't come anywhere near their work.
    Massive backups and unnecessary accidents that will be caused by this repair job of defective materials and NCDOT design.

    And just think about all the "Greenhouse Gases".....

  • Hanging On Jan 12, 2015

    Good Luck finding correct/up-to-date information on the Triangle Transit website. I've been trying to figure out the stops in downtown for the JCX (they were supposed to change today) and there are maps that have more stops than I've seen on other literature. There is completely inconsistent information all over Triangle Transit,, and other websites trying to give information on the express alternatives. Very frustrating!!

  • miseem Jan 12, 2015

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  • Henyeah Jan 12, 2015

    I have an idea, what if the DOT actually worked on the project?? I haven't seen anyone working on the beltline really since before Christmas. They should have someone on this 24/7 so that it will get done. This has been a nightmare for those of us who have to drive through it twice a day EVERYDAY. It's like they enjoy seeing how far traffic can get backed up everyday!

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 12, 2015

    glad to see the banning of buses!

  • commonsenseisn't Jan 12, 2015

    Quickly remove stalled vehicles and vehicles involved in crashes and traffic will be greatly improved.
    Don't allow fire tucks to block lanes for no reason.
    Start a program like they have in Orlando, Fl and other large cities. It is free to the motorists and prevents congestion.

  • straitlover1965 Jan 12, 2015

    If some of these long w/ the Johnston Co Express bus would also include a stop at Dix Campus, it sure would help. Having to transfer to another bus to get over to Dix would take me another 45 minutes or so to get to work. I would have to leave my house around 6AM to get to work by 8:30 (I live 24 miles from my job). No thanks!