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Wolfline logo.png
Locale Raleigh, North Carolina
Service type bus service
Routes 13
Operator First Transit
Website NCSU Wolfline
Wolfline Bus, outfitted for Carolina Hurricanes Celebration
Wolfline Bus and "Mini-Me"

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. The Wolfline is operated by First Transit, 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.[1] Wolfline access is unrestricted to the public and is a zero-fare service.[2] The preceding contractor was Veolia Transportation. The Wolfline began operating in August 1980 with one route.[3]

Currently, the Wolfline operates 12 routes on and between Main, Centennial, and the Veterinary School campuses. The Wolfprowl route has been added to the 12 campus-area routes as a continuously running shuttle to Downtown Raleigh during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. These routes often coincide with Capital Area Transit and Triangle Transit Authority routes, facilitating movement about Raleigh by bus.

Of the 12 campus-area routes, 11 are daytime routes, and one is a "Werewolf" nighttime route. 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.[4]


  • Rt. 1 Avent Ferry, which serves Main Campus, housing and businesses on Avent Ferry Road, and Greek Way.
  • Rt. 2 Hillsborough St. Shuttle, which travels eastbound and westbound on Hillsborough Street, serving Cameron Village on the east end and the apartments at Wolf Village and E.S. King Village on the west end.
  • Rt. 3 Engineering, which connects Central Campus with the College of Engineering buildings on Centennial Campus.
  • Rt. 5 Varsity, which serves Main Campus, the McKimmon Center, the Varsity and West parking lots.
    • There is also a Rt. 5/T Varsity Tripper which makes less stops than the normal Rt. 5.
  • 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. This bus also runs on Saturdays, which also connects to E.S. King Village.
    • As with Rt. 5, there is a Rt. 7/T Wolflink Tripper which makes less stops and travels along Western Boulevard to reduce travel time.
  • 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 Night Service, 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 Wolfprowl, which operates Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, connecting Main Campus with Glenwood South and CAT's R-Line.
  • Rt. 14 Centennial Night Service, 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. 16 Werewolf Night Service, 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 Sunday/Holiday Service, which operates on Sundays and the last day of a holiday break from 8 PM to midnight, serving residential areas of NC State Campus.

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  1. ^ http://media.www.technicianonline.com/media/storage/paper848/news/2007/07/19/News/clean.Fleet.Set.To.Roll.Out-2925269.shtml 'Clean' fleet set to roll out. Technician Online. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  2. ^ http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/transportation/wolfline/ NCSU Transportation - Wolfline Campus Bus Service. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  3. ^ Historical State: History in Red and White. ""Wolfline buses go into service (8/20/1980)"". Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  4. ^ NCSU Transportation. "NCSU Transportation: Holiday Break Service". Retrieved 23 December 2011.