FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012
||Sarah Ray, public information officer
N.C. State Fair
Taking the bus, train makes it easy to get to the N.C. State Fair
New Raleigh and Chapel Hill park-and-ride loctaions; all buses will route to Gate 1
RALEIGH – As people make preparations to attend the N.C. State Fair, Oct. 11-21, organizers are encouraging them to include one of several alternative transportation methods in their plans. Riders who take the bus or train are dropped off and picked up just outside the fair gates, saving time and gas.
“Taking a park-and-ride bus is the most convenient way for fairgoers to avoid waiting in traffic and searching for a parking spot,” said State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt. “With specially designated lanes in high-traffic zones, buses have a direct route to the fairgrounds, providing quick and easy access for riders. This year, all bus riders will be dropped off at Gate 1, which is designed to accommodate loading and unloading.”
Following are transportation options:
NOTE NEW LOCATION: Raleigh-area park-and-ride bus service provided daily by Capital Area Transit
- CAT buses will operate from north Raleigh and Cary every 20 to 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to midnight each day of the fair. The exception is Thursday, Oct. 11, when buses will operate from 2:30 p.m. to midnight. In north Raleigh, follow the green State Fair signs to the CAT park-and-ride lot behind the Old Westinghouse Building at 2728 Capital Blvd. This new location is one block north of the Interstate-440 Beltline, off Exit 11. In Cary, follow the green State Fair signs from I-40 exit 290 or exit 291 to the CAT park-and-ride lot at the WakeMed Soccer Park (201 Soccer Park Drive) off East Chatham Street near the Raleigh/Cary border.
- In downtown Raleigh, look for the blue State Fair signs to catch the CAT bus. The route travels along Morgan, Edenton and Hillsborough streets, and operates from 7 a.m. to midnight each day of the Fair. The exception is Thursday, Oct. 13, when downtown buses will operate from 1 p.m. to midnight.
- Regular fare for all CAT buses to the State Fair is $4 round-trip, with a reduced round-trip fare of $2 for passengers with disabilities and seniors citizens 65 and older. Children less than 40 inches tall ride free with a paying passenger. Exact change is required. Advance sale passes are available and can be purchased at the CAT Operations Facility, 4104 Poole Road, or at the Moore Square Transit Station Information Booth.
- CAT bus riders will be dropped off and picked up outside Gate 1 of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.
Durham park-and-ride bus service provided daily by Durham Area Transit Authority
- In Durham, DATA will operate shuttles from the downtown Durham Station at 515 W. Pettigrew St., and from a park-and-ride lot at the Heritage Square Shopping Center at 401 E. Lakewood Ave. Buses will depart on the hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The exception is Thursday, Oct. 11, when bus service to the fair will begin at 3 p.m.
- Regular fare for DATA bus service is $2 round-trip, and $1 round-trip for passengers with disabilities. Seniors citizens 65 and older, City of Durham employees and children age 12 and younger who are less than 60 inches tall ride free. The TRANSPASS and GoPass programs will not be valid for State Fair shuttles, but a discounted round-trip fare of $1 is available for riders with a DATA ID or Medicare card.
- DATA bus riders will be dropped off and picked up at Gate 1 of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.
NOTE NEW LOCATIONS: Chapel Hill park-and-ride bus service on weekends provided by Triangle Transit
- In Chapel Hill, Triangle Transit will offer a new pick-up location at Mangum Hall on the weekends only. On Saturdays, buses will depart 10 minutes before the hour between 8:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will depart the fairgrounds between noon and 10 p.m. On Sundays, buses will depart 10 minutes before the hour between 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Buses will depart the fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
- In Chapel Hill/South Durham, Triangle Transit will offer new service only on the weekends from the Friday Center Park and Ride lot (first lot on the right) off N.C. 54. On Saturdays, buses will depart on the hour between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. On Sundays, buses will depart on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Buses will depart the fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
- In Research Triangle Park, take the park-and-ride service from the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center at 901 Slater Road near the Sheraton Imperial Hotel on weekends only. Buses will depart for the fair at 30 minutes past the hour from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
- Regular fare for Triangle Transit buses is $5 round-trip, and $2.50 round-trip for passengers with disabilities. Children age 12 and younger ride free. Exact change is required.
- Triangle Transit bus riders will be dropped off and picked up at Gate 1 of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.
Garner park-and-ride bus service offered on weekends
- Fairgoers east of Raleigh can take advantage of the Garner park-and-ride lot, operated by McLaurin Parking Co. This lot is located at 500 Chapanoke Road at the corner of South Wilmington Street and Chapanoke Road near the Tryon Road/South Wilmington Street intersection. Buses will depart on the hour between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the Fair.
- Regular fare for Garner park-and-ride buses is $4 round-trip, with a reduced round-trip fare of $2 for passengers with disabilities and senior citizens 65 and over. Children less than 40 inches tall ride free with a paying passenger. Exact change is required.
- Riders will be dropped off and picked up outside Gate 1 of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.
For fairgoers west of the Triangle, take the Amtrak train to the Fair
- Fairgoers west of the Triangle can catch the Amtrak Carolinian. The Northbound Carolinian (train No. 80) leaves Charlotte at 7 a.m. and stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, Cary, State Fairgrounds and Raleigh stations. The train will arrive at the Blue Ridge Road stop around 10:08 a.m. The Southbound Carolinian (train No. 79) departs from the fairgrounds for the return trip at 4:56 p.m.
- To make reservations, visit www.bytrain.org or call 1-800-USA-RAIL and use fare code NSF. Fare for a one-way ticket varies depending on where riders catch the train. Discounts are available for senior citizens, children, college students and active military.
- Amtrak riders will be dropped off at the intersection of Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street near Gate 12 of the fairgrounds.
Visitors driving to the State Fair are encouraged to take Wade Avenue to Edwards Mill Road and park in the free parking lots at Carter-Finley Stadium and the PNC Arena. These lots will be available every day of the fair. Parking is free in state-owned lots.
For more information about transportation and parking, visit www.ncstatefair.org/2012/General/GetToFair.htm