More options are now available for people traveling on Fridays between Boone and Charlotte on the Mountaineer North-South intercity bus route. Earlier this month, the operator of the route, Horizon Coach Lines, began offering an additional round-trip run on Fridays to better accommodate riders.
The Mountaineer North-South makes stops in Boone, Lenoir, Newton-Conover, Lincolnton, Gastonia and Charlotte. The route currently operates the following schedule year round, seven days a week:
Departs Appalachian State University at 9:15 a.m.
Arrives in Charlotte at 12:50 p.m.
Departs Charlotte at 6 p.m.
Arrives at ASU at 9:35 p.m.
In addition to the above schedule, the Mountaineer North-South will also run the following schedule on Fridays during ASU’s Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters:
Departs Charlotte at 2 p.m.
Arrives at ASU at 5:35 p.m.
Departs ASU at 7:15 p.m.
Arrives in Charlotte at 10:50 p.m.
By including the additional run on Fridays, students and other riders from the Boone area are able to travel to Charlotte or other points south later in the day. Riders from Charlotte are also able to travel to the Boone area or other points north earlier on Fridays.
The N.C. Board of Transportation at their November 2012 meeting approved $235,193 to Horizon Coach Lines for operation of the additional Friday run, as well as continued operation of the route through June 30, 2014. These state funds match $235,193 in federal funds, totaling $470,386.
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. More than 10,000 riders have used the Mountaineer North-South since it began in October of 2010. For more information on the Mountaineer North-South, visit www.horizoncoachnc.com.
The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.
For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.