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Doing the math on the R-Line

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Here are the latest numbers on the R-Line, Raleigh's free downtown bus service that launched last winter:

  • 152,634: The number of passenger trips on the R-Line since Feb. 13, according to Raleigh's Transportation Operations Division, about 3 percent of the city's total transit load

  • 5 million: The number of passenger trips taken in 2009 on Capital Area Transit buses, including the R-Line

  • 519: The average number of passengers who ride the R-Line daily, including weekends

  • $1.13 million: The capital costs of the two 36-seat hybrid buses. As the Indy reported in June, the federal government picks up 80 percent of the tab. The remaining 20 percent comes out of local coffers.

  • $80 an hour: The operating costs of each R-Line bus while it's running. Local funds pay for all the operating costs: labor, maintenance and fuel—the amount of which is reduced because the buses are hybrids.

  • $757,680: The total operating costs of both buses running at 112.75 hours each per week, so far in 2009

  • $920,040: The total annual operating costs of both buses running at 112.75 hours each per week, for 51 weeks a year. (This accounts for reduced hours on holidays.)

  • $825,000: The annual operating budget for the R-Line

  • $5-$6: At current ridership levels and operating budget, cost per passenger trip for the R-Line, for 42 weeks in 2009 and annually.

The R-Line runs every 10 to 12 minutes. It runs 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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