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The Wolfline is an area bus service serving the students, staff, faculty, and general public on and around North Carolina State University's campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. As of Fall 2017, Wolfline is operated by Transdev,[1] after being operated by First Transit between 2007 and 2017,[2] under contract with NC State's Transportation department. The Wolfline was the first mass transit organization in the state to exclusively use 'clean' diesel engines.[3] Wolfline access is unrestricted to the public and is a zero-fare service.[4] The preceding contractor was Veolia Transport. The Wolfline began operating in August 1980 with one route.[5]

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LocaleRaleigh, North Carolina
Service typebus service
FleetNew Flyer Xcelsior XD40
WebsiteNCSU Wolfline
Wolfline Bus, outfitted for Carolina Hurricanes Celebration
Wolfline Bus and "Mini-Me"

Currently, the Wolfline operates 17 routes on and between Main, Centennial, and the Veterinary School campuses. These routes often coincide with those operated by GoRaleigh and GoTriangle, facilitating movement about Raleigh, Cary, and the entire Research Triangle by bus.

Of the 17 campus-area routes, 12 are daytime routes, and 5 operate as nighttime routes beginning at the 10:00 pm hour. Over the summer, regular service is roughly cut in half. During student breaks, the Wolfline runs limited service routes, focused on moving faculty and staff around. The Wolfline does not run on federal holidays.[6]


  • Rt. 1 Avent Ferry, which serves Main Campus, housing and businesses on Avent Ferry Road, and Greek Way.
  • Rt. 2 Spring Hill, which connects both Main and Centennial Campuses to a park and ride lot in Spring Hill.
  • Rt. 3 Engineering, which connects Central Campus with the College of Engineering buildings on Centennial Campus.
  • Rt. 4 Centennial Express, which connects Central Campus with the renowned James B. Hunt Jr. Library and Wilson College of Textiles. on Centennial Campus.
  • Rt. 5 Varsity, which serves Main Campus, the McKimmon Center, the Varsity and West parking lots.
  • Rt. 6 Carter Finley, which connects the D.H. Hill Library to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Centennial Biomedical Campus, Meredith College, Carter–Finley Stadium, and the Carter-Finley Park and Ride.
  • Rt. 7 Wolflink Shuttle, which connects Main Campus to Wolf Village and E.S. King Village. This bus also runs on Saturdays from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Rt. 7R Wolflink Reverse, which also connects Main Campus to Wolf Village, operating in a counter-clockwise direction creating bi-directional service.
  • Rt. 8 Southeast Loop, which serves Main Campus, Centennial Campus, and (to a limited extent) housing on Avent Ferry Road. This bus also runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Rt. 9 Gorman Street, which serves Main Campus and Greek Village, then travels down Gorman Street and Greek Way. (Before January 2012, this route was known as Rt. 9 Greek Village, until May 2015 this route had the name Rt. 9 Gorman Street Local.)
  • Rt. 10 Centennial, which serves apartments on Varsity Drive, Gorman Street, and Avent Ferry Road, before going to Centennial Campus. Until 2013, this route, known as Rt. 10 Southside Circulator, served the area around Centennial Campus (including the Centennial Middle School), including some stops on Avent Ferry Road. This route was largely disconnected from the Wolfline as a whole and had a schedule of its own. Due to low demand, the bus line was rerouted in 2013 to better serve students who live on Avent Ferry Road and Gorman Street and attend classes on Centennial Campus.
  • Rt. 11 Village Link, which connects Wolf Village, E.S. King Village, Greek Village, and Centennial Campus.
  • Rt. 12 Night Wolf, which operates after 10:00 PM on weekdays and 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. It serves the majority of stops along routes 1 and 9.
  • Rt. 13 Full Moon, which operates after 10:00 PM on weekdays and 6:15 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. It serves the majority of stops along route 8.
  • Rt. 14 Centennial Night, which operates after 10:00 PM on weekdays and 6:15 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. It serves the majority of stops along route 10.
  • Rt. 16 Werewolf Shuttle, which operates after 10:00 PM on weekdays and 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. It serves the majority of stops along routes 2 and 7.
  • Rt. 17 RS Lot Shuttle, which operates on Sundays and the last day of a holiday break from 8 PM to midnight, connecting a student resident storage parking lot to residential areas of NC State Campus.

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  1. ^ "Transdev to operate, maintain N.C. State's campus shuttle service". Metro Magazine. 21 Nov 2016. Retrieved 19 Aug 2018. Transdev’s operations are scheduled to begin in time for the fall 2017 semester to accommodate the acquisition period of the new fleet.
  2. ^ Campus Mobility Plan Final Report (PDF) (Report). July 2012. Retrieved 19 Aug 2018. Wolfline service is operated by a private contractor, First Transit. The contract was originally signed for the 2007-12 period; it was renewed for another five years for 2012-17.
  3. ^ 'Clean' fleet set to roll out. Technician Online. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  4. ^ NCSU Transportation - Wolfline Campus Bus Service. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  5. ^ Historical State: History in Red and White. ""Wolfline buses go into service (8/20/1980)"". Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  6. ^ NCSU Transportation. "NCSU Transportation: Holiday Break Service". Retrieved 23 December 2011.