Business 40 closes on November 17.
Stakeholders in the Business 40 Improvement Project are urging companies and individuals to examine alternative methods of transportation to mitigate traffic during the closure. Here are the options you can consider from PART-the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation.
With approximately 80,000 vehicles traveling Business 40 on a daily basis, PART’s expanded programs are part of the organization’s efforts to reduce single occupancy vehicle travel in the project’s high Traffic Relief Zone (TRZ) with the hopes that fewer cars on the road will result in better commuting conditions.
The chief component of PART’s efforts is their new and expanded Express Bus Services between Winston-Salem and surrounding areas including Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and West Forsyth and Surry counties. These four routes feature more mid-day runs and increased service during peak hours to accommodate a rise in passengers.
Along with additional bus service options, PART’s plan also includes a discounted Vanpool program as an economical way for people to travel to and from work together. With Vanpool, groups who live or work near one another can lease 7 or 15-passenger vans and divide the already discounted monthly cost among riders. For smaller groups, PART has partnered with the rideshare matching service ShareTheRideNC to help commuters quickly and securely find and coordinate rides with individuals who share similar commutes and work hours.
Businesses located within the TRZ can also benefit from PART’s efforts by enrolling in their “Employer Pass Program.” This XPass program – which employers can join at no cost – allows employees to receive a 50% discount on a 31-Day or 10-Ride passes for the first year of construction.
To learn more about the additional efforts and services PART is providing, or to register for one of the programs, visit www.partnc.org.
Find out more about the highway closure by visiting the NCDOT Business 40 Website at www.business40nc.com.