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go pass logo parody - no passTaking transit into Raleigh
after the end of the Go-Pass program:
Where do we go from here?

Now that the Go-Pass program has ended for state employees, bus riders need to pay a fare to ride. The following are some helpful hints for taking transit into work in Raleigh:

  • The bus fare must be paid by exact change or a transit pass. You can no longer get a free transfer to go from one bus to another in the same transit system.
  • However, if you plan to ride more than one bus in a day, you can take advantage of the various bus pass options. These passes can work for a single transit system, such as Capital Area Transit (CAT), or you can purchase a regional bus pass that allows you to ride CAT, Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), Cary Transit (C-Tran) and Triangle Transit Authority (TTA).
  • The first time you buy a bus pass, review the options on the website and then call or go in person to ask if the pass you plan to purchase is the best for your commuting needs.

See the summary of CAT fares and passes below. Regional passes are more expensive and cover all four systems.

Summary of CAT Fares and Passes

Fare Type Full Fare* Can This Be Purchased on the Bus?
* Reduced/Free fares are available to persons with disabilities, seniors and children but require a transit ID card.
Single-Trip - Cash $1.00 Yes
Local Day Pass $2.00 Yes
5-Day Pass - Allows unlimited rides for 5 days, beginning the first day you use it. $8.50 No
31-Day Pass - Allows unlimited rides for 31 days, beginning the first day you use it. This is great for riders who use the transit system most days. $36.00 No
Stored Value Card ($25.00 Value) - Use this like a debit card to purchase a Single trip, Day Pass or Regional Day Pass from the bus driver any day you take the bus to allow you to ride all day. (Tell the driver you want to buy a Day Pass before you pay.) This is great for people who ride the bus frequently, but not necessarily every day. This card can be used for most fare options including the TTA express routes. There are limitations for use on express routes operated by the bus systems other than TTA. $20.00 No
Children - 12 and Under Free No
Seniors - 65 and Over Free No

Where to Buy Bus Passes and More Information

Passes may be purchased online or in person at several locations. See below for details. 

Triangle Transit Ambassador Program

If you ride TTA and enjoy helping people navigate the system, consider the Ambassador Program. Training and reporting is required, but in exchange you receive a free regional transit pass while you are active in the program. For more information, go to http://triangletransit.org/bus/ambassador-program.

The R-line Circulator

This bus remains free. For a map and answers to frequently asked questions, go to
http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/PWksTransit/Articles/DowntownCirculator.html.

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Information on sustainability in buildings and lands in North Carolina is available on the state sustainability team NC Project Green website, www.ncprojectgreen.org.
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