Wake Forest is accessible, commuter-friendly and a hub for transportation. Three interstates, part of the largest stated-maintained highway system in the country, intersect nearby providing major thoroughfares to all of the key destinations up and down the East Coast and across the region. A trip to downtown Raleigh, Durham or the Research Triangle Park can be made in less than 30 minutes on relatively uncongested roadways. Transit service began in Wake Forest in July 2008 including a weekday rush-hour express to downtown Raleigh and a local town circulator. It only takes 25 minutes to get to RDU airport, where nearly 5,000 domestic and international flights arrive or depart on 18 major airlines annually. Being situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the balmy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the east creates a climate with four mild seasons, a mean temperature of 61 degrees, more than 200 days of sunshine and zero measured inches of snow.