Breathe Easy…Step Into the Wavepool
The Wave Pool is a collaborative effort between the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority which allows people who live and work near each other and have similar commuting schedules to share a ride to work. There are currently two Wave Pool options: vanpool and carpool.
Carpooling and vanpooling doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You don’t need to carpool EVERY day, but you do need to plan ahead. If you’re one of those people who runs errands or makes appointments at lunch or after work, make sure you drive on those days.
Other than the clear financial benefit of carpooling, there is an equally important environmental benefit. Let’s talk about the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per mile per person in a vehicle (let’s call these “person-miles”). According to the Sightline Institute, the average car with a single driver emits 1.10 lbs of carbon dioxide per mile. When you carpool, an average car with a driver and two passengers naturally decreases that number by two-thirds — to only 0.37 lbs of carbon dioxide per person-mile. Taking your car off the road just a day a week will help keep the air clean and helps remove congestion from our roads.
Carpools and vanpools are the future of transit because they are often completely subsidized by passengers keeping operating costs to a minimum and protecting precious subsidies. Wave Pool is a vanpool which allows people who live and work near each other and have similar commuting schedules to share a ride to work. Wave Transit provides the vehicle, maintenance, fuel and insurance and employees pay a monthly fare for the service. Each service tailors its schedule around the needs of the passengers of the vanpool, with all members deciding on the pick-up and drop-off locations and times. Riding in a vanpool saves you money in fuel and vehicle wear and tear, reduces the stress of dealing with stop and go traffic and helps the environment.
For detailed information about the Wavepool and how you can be a part of the solution visit our Wavepool page at wavetransit.com/vanpool.