The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) has received funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to provide commuter transportation options during the Business 40 reconstruction project.
Beginning late fall, PART will be expanding the Route 6 Surry County Express service to encourage more people to ride PART Express, the regional commuter bus system, during the closure.
“There are 16 PART Express Routes across the Piedmont Triad which link rural communities into urban job centers, or link one urban city to the other. PART Express provides connection into the city transit systems,” said Brooke Kochanski, PART Marketing Manager.
PART Express Route 6 that serves stops in Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, and King will be enhanced to provide more bus options for commuters traveling to downtown Winston-Salem, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.
The King Park and Ride lot was built eight years ago and is serviced by Route 6 which comes from Surry County into Winston-Salem Monday through Friday.
“The King Park and Ride lot is accessed by Route 6 with 10 to 15 passenger boarding’s per day and is also utilized for carpooling and vanpooling for residents who want to park their car and share the commute,” Kochanski said.
The enhanced Route 6 service will run Monday through Friday from PART Park and Ride lots between 5:20 a.m. and 8:35 p.m. with service every 20 minutes during peak hours.
PART is asking the residents in the area to provide input on the proposed service between Surry and Stokes County and Winston-Salem by visiting www.partnc.org/Biz40.
“We’ve received quite a bit of survey responses, many favor the upcoming service adjustments because there is more options for people to choose from for their commutes,” Kochanski added.
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) serves the Piedmont Triad with Express Bus service, Regional Vanpool service, and other commuter and employer transportation resources. To learn more visit www.partnc.org.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426