WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new bus service linking Wilmington with Fayetteville and Charlotte is expected to start service tomorrow, according to the NC Department of Transportation.
The Queen City-Coastal Connector intercity bus, operated by Horizon Coach Lines, will add service to Wilmington, Whiteville and Lumberton to its existing route to Fayetteville, Laurinburg, Rockingham, Wadesboro, Monroe and Charlotte.
One trip will operate between Charlotte and Wilmington in each direction every day. The bus will leave Wilmington's Forden Station at 7:20 a.m. and arrive at Charlotte's Greyhound bus station on W. Trade Street at 1:20 p.m. The bus leaves Charlotte at 3:45 p.m. daily with a 9:50 p.m. arrival in Wilmington.
The trip from the Port City to the Queen City costs $57 with a discounted fare of $47 for kids, seniors, students and the disabled. The trip is cheaper between other stops on the route.
The NCDOT says intercity bus services are fixed-route, scheduled services that provide long-distance transportation between North Carolina cities, as well as connections to the national intercity bus system. Eight intercity bus routes serving communities throughout the state receive federal, state and local funds to provide transportation between rural and urban areas.