About Wave Transit
History of Wave
Created in 1974, the Wilmington Transit Authority (WTA) was initially implemented to provide public transportation to the citizens of the Wilmington area.
In December 2002, the WTA adopted the name Wave, as well as a new logo and color scheme for the Authority. This change reflected a new vision for public transportation in Wilmington. Capitalizing on our coastal environment, the name Wave allowed greater name recognition throughout the area and positively represented public transportation throughout the region.
Rapid sprawl and rising traffic congestion throughout the region led the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to enter into an historic agreement in June 2003. The city and county merged the WTA and New Hanover Transportation Services to form the Wilmington/New Hanover Transportation Agency (WNHTA). This agreement merged the respective organizations for one year, in order to provide oversight of both agencies under one public transportation authority.
In July of 2004 the WNHTA, the WTA and NHTS were dissolved and a new transportation authority was created. The merged entity officially became the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, but kept the name Wave Transit.
In an effort to better serve the community, Wave Transit has restructured all fixed routes in the region. The new routes are based on a modern transfer facility, Forden Station, which is centrally located within the service area. The 36,000 square foot Wave Transit Operations Center opened in June 2015. A downtown multimodal transportation center is also nearing construction.
Wave Transit is a member of the following professional organizations: