Charlotte-area residents now have a new option for reaching the Carolinas coast.
The Queen City-Coastal Connector bus line began Charlotte-to-Wilmington service on Tuesday, operating one run daily to and from the coast. The bus has stops in seven cities along the way.
The Queen City-Coastal Connector actually is an extension of a line that previously ran between Charlotte and Fayetteville, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Horizon Coach Lines will operate the service, with a grant from the N.C. DOT.
After leaving Charlotte, the bus makes stops in Monroe, Wadesboro, Rockingham, Laurinburg, Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Whiteville before reaching Wilmington.
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The bus leaves Charlotte each day at 3:45 p.m. and reaches Wilmington at 9:50 p.m. Westbound service begins in Wilmington at 7:20 a.m. and reaches Charlotte at 1:20 p.m.
Bus fare is $57 one way between Charlotte and Wilmington, with a $10 discount for children (ages 2-11), adults 62 and older, students with identification, and people with physical disabilities. The Charlotte stop is at the bus station at 601 West Trade Street.
For details, check www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.