Wolfline FAQ

Wolfline FAQ


May I choose where to exit the bus (i.e. the front or rear)?

For safety considerations and to speed up the loading/unloading process, we ask that you exit through the rear door. Your driver may ask you to exit out a particular door occasionally due to a mechanical problem, or a safety concern outside the vehicle. If this occurs, please cooperate with your bus driver. ADA passengers are always permitted to exit via the front door to utilize the ADA features of the bus.

How do I indicate I need the next stop?

To request the next stop, pull the yellow cord located above the seat of the bus to activate the “Stop Requested” signal. In the event of a malfunctioning cord, ask the driver by stating “Next stop please.”

Who can ride the Wolfline?

Wolfline is open to the public.

What accessibility features do the buses offer?

All Wolfline buses are equipped with ramps and have the ability to kneel level with the curb. All buses have (2) bays for securing mobility devices.

Can I get off the bus somewhere other than a posted stop?

No. To ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians, and automobile drivers, Wolfline buses are only authorized to stop at posted stops. It is especially dangerous to attempt to flag down a bus that has left a stop and is merging with other traffic. Serving non-posted stops also increase the travel time and the likelihood that the bus cannot maintain its posted schedule.

What if I miss the bus?

Wolfline is a robust transit system with higher route frequencies than most agencies. If you happen to miss the bus, there will likely be another bus within 6-15 minutes, depending on your desired route. Please plan ahead, especially during peak service times; catch an earlier bus rather than cut it too close. Wolfline does experience full buses during peak class times. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with all the Wolfline routes – often, boarding a bus serving another route is an option. If you miss the final bus and feel unsafe for any reason, you may call University Police at 919-515-3000 and request a Safety Escort. All Wolfline routes end service on campus for safety.

How can I figure out when the bus comes to my stop?

Current maps and schedules can be found on the Wofline website. When viewing the online timetable, notice that some bus stops are designated as a “TIMEPOINT.” This means a bus is scheduled to depart from the location at this time. All other locations display estimated departure times. On our Wolfline maps, timepoints are shown as a red dot with a black outer circle. Regular bus stops are simply a red dot. Using the departure time from the nearest time point, an estimated time can be determined for the bus stop closest to your location. You can also use the TransLoc tracking System or theTransLoc app to see the location of your bus in “real-time”! The desktop version and mobile app display all Wolfline bus stops and estimated wait times for each route serving a selected stop. People with low vision or blindness can call NC State Transportation at 919-515-3424 for assistance with real-time bus locations of Wolfline routes.

How can I receive up-to-date info on detours for the Wolfline?

The quickest way to get up-to-the-minute information is to check out the TransLoc announcements page or download the TransLoc app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. When there is a change in service, we also post up-to-date information on our Website under the “Recent News” section and on the Wolfline Twitter feed @ncsuwolfline.


How do I contact Wolfline?

The University Transit Manager can be reached by email or Call 919-515-WOLF. The contractor dispatch office can be reached by phone at 919-800-4743.

How do I suggest a change in the Wolfline service?

Contact the Transit Manager by calling 919-515-WOLF or by e-mail.

What if I am not satisfied with the bus service?

We attempt to offer the best possible service. We constantly strive to improve service, and your feedback is very important. Please share service concerns or complaints via e-mail, call 919-515-WOLF to leave a message, or speak directly to the Wolfline transit manager at 919-513-7400. We take your complaints and suggestions seriously. We investigate all comments and complaints and make adjustments in service where possible. Expect a response to your call or email within 48 hours.


How can I receive up-to-date info on detours for the Wolfline?

The quickest way to get up-to-the-minute information is to check out the TransLoc announcements page or download the TransLoc app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. When there is a change in service, we also post up-to-date information on our Website, under “Recent News,” and on Wolfline’s Twitter feed @ncsuwolfline.

Does the Wolfline run on the weekends?

Yes, when Fall/Spring/Summer classes are in session on the Friday before and Monday following the weekend. During the fall and spring semesters, the RS Lot Shuttle provides service from Varsity storage lots to campus residence halls in the evening before classes resume. The current schedule can be found on the Wolfline website.


What are Wolfline’s plans for the future?

The Transportation office performs service planning for Wolfline at least three times annually in preparation for each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Each planning session considers future accommodations for the university’s ever-changing landscape. Periodically, Transportation consults with external transportation professionals for long-term planning. Currently, Wolfline is implementing the Campus Mobility Plan initiatives as campus growth dictates and funding allows.

How can I get a part-time job with the Wolfline?

When you work for Wolfline, you work for the national transit service provider company hired by the University to operate Wolfline. Call TransDev directly at 919-800-4729.

How much does it cost to run the Wolfline?

The budget for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters is over $7M. This figure includes costs for operations, vehicles (buses), maintenance, fuel, and the TransLoc system.

What do I do if I left something on the bus?

Call 919-800-4743, the contact number of our bus service provider, TransDev. They will do their best to locate your lost item. It is always helpful to provide as much information as possible about your Wolfline trip and your item (e.g., Route number, bus ID number, time of day of your trip, color, shape, and brand name of your item).

Can another bus be added to my route to cut down on full buses?

A full bus is defined as one that is at maximum capacity and cannot board additional passengers. A Wolfline bus has a capacity of about 60 students. If our ridership analysis identifies an ongoing overcrowding issue, we may add buses during the time period when overcrowding occurs. We attempt to adjust or shift service resources rather than add vehicles. If enrollment statistics or our ridership analysis indicate a problem that minor adjustments will not fix, we may request an increase in the student transit fee to procure additional vehicles to address the problem.


Can Wolfline buses be chartered for events?

For details regarding chartering Wolfline vehicles for University-affiliated events, please contact the service provider, TransDev, at 919-800-4743.

Does the Wolfline offer transportation to NC State Athletic Events?

Yes. The Red Terror provides service to and from home football (three hours before kickoff) and basketball (two hours before tipoff) games. Buses run continuously throughout the game, with service ending 90 minutes after the game ends.