Routes & Schedules

Need a route for a specific bus? Trying to plan your journey? Get all the information you need for our buses and shuttles right here.


Contact Us

Call, email, send a letter, message us via Facebook or Twitter, or stop by Forden or Padgett Stations. Customer Service representatives are available 7 days a week. Give us a call!


Real Time Tracking

Never miss your bus again thanks to real time tracking. Updated automatically every 10 seconds, you can easily see where your bus is and when it will arrive.

Get Accessible Services

We provide a variety of services including Accessible Van Service (DART) , Travel Training, and Community Outreach to help everyone connect to public transportation.

Making Waves Foundation

This important foundation provides help to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to transportation. You can impact someone’s life with a tax deductible donation.

Effective Monday December 6, 2021 through June 30, 2022 Wave Transit will be offering incentives to both new hires and current employees for the successful hiring and retention of full-time fixed route operators and maintenance staff.

Incentives will be awarded as follows:
$1,000 New Hire Incentive
o $250 after probationary period of 720 hours, approximately 3 months
o $250 after 6 months (probationary period plus 3 additional months)
o $500 after 12 months (probationary period plus 9 additional months)
New hires must be in good standing in order to receive incentives.

Service Alerts

Notification of UNCW Seahawk Shuttle Schedule: UNCW Seahawk Shuttle services will conclude for winter break on Friday, December 10, 2021 through Tuesday, January 11, 2021. Services will resume normal schedule on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Click HERE for a complete schedule.

Mask Mandate on Public Transportation Remains in Effect: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation remind the traveling public that face coverings are still required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.  This announcement follows N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order issued Friday, May 14, 2021 lifting COVID-19 restrictions for North Carolina. Under Governor Cooper’s Executive Order, workers and riders on public or private transportation regulated by the state, as well as all people in North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops, must wear face coverings indoors at all times.  Refusing to wear a face covering is a violation of both federal and state law.  Customers will be removed or denied entry if they refuse to wear face coverings. To request an ADA exemption customers can call 343-0106 or our ADA coordinator, at 202-2045.


Plan Your Trip

Where do you want to go today?

Wave Transit is committed to helping residents and visitors explore our beautiful area in safety and comfort.

Enjoy your ride!

Travel Safely

COVID-19 Information

Wave Transit is committed to safe service and is taking active measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for our customers and staff. Here’s some of what we’re doing to maintain a safe environment: enhanced sanitation, signage for social distancing, hand sanitizer stations on all vehicles, and the requirement of face coverings for customers and staff on vehicles, at bus stops, and at transfer stations. Here are actions you can take to stop the spread of COVID-19 and travel safely: wear a face covering, keep 6ft away from others when possible, and practice frequent hand washing. Click to learn more.

APTA Health and Safety Commitments Program

Wave Transit Pledges Participation in American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Health and Safety Commitments Program

Wave Transit announced on January 5, 2021 that it has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s Health and Safety Commitments Program, along with over 150 other public transit agencies nationwide. The program is the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems across the country are taking the necessary measures to operate safely as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Authority’s pledge is a demonstration that the health and safety of customers and employees continues to remain of highest priority.

“Being a participant of APTA’s Health and Safety Commitments Program is just one way we are championing this commitment.  A strategic plan has long been established for Wave Transit, including sanitizing and disinfecting processes, driver barrier protections, and mandatory mask adoption.  We will continue to reassess and revise our plan as needed, utilizing CDC recommendations and the Governor’s orders as its guiding framework.  Wave is dedicated to staying actively engaged to adapt quickly as changes occur to uphold our pledge” stated Wave Transit’s new Executive Director, Marie Parker.  “Unquestionably, our number one priority is to provide our employees with a safe and healthy workplace, while providing our customers with a safe ride to their destination.”


Count On Me NC

Wave Transit Pledges Participation in Count On Me NC

Wave Transit has joined thousands of businesses statewide, pledging to participate in Count On Me NC, a public health initiative that empowers visitors, guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Count On Me NC business pledge to ensure the safety of customers and staff through rigorous disinfection, social distancing, and mask wearing.

Click here to learn more about our pledge.

Community Center

Grant Opportunity Now Open! Wave Transit offers an annual opportunity for nonprofits, local government, and private providers of public transportation to apply for grant funding to support transportation projects for people age 65 and over and people with disabilities.   The 2021 application period opens on December 6, 2021 and closes on January 31, 2022. For an application, click the download link below, call (910) 202-2045, or email

Section 5310 funds are available for capital and nontraditional projects to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of persons age 65 and older and persons with disabilities.

All projects must be situated within the Wilmington Metropolitan Urbanized Area, and all projects must meet a need identified by the 2021 Locally Coordinated Plan. FTA encourages recipients to develop innovative solutions to meet the needs of elderly persons (as defined as 65 years of age or older) and persons with disabilities in their communities. Both traditional capital and nontraditional capital and operating projects must be targeted toward meeting the specific needs of persons age 65 and older and persons with disabilities. It is not sufficient that elderly persons and persons with disabilities are merely included (or assumed to be included) among the people who will benefit from the project. FTA encourages projects that are open to the public as a means of avoiding unnecessary segregation of services. 

Applications are due by January 31, 2022.

Download the application

Route and Service Changes coming July 2022. Public comment period now open.  We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to provide your comments on the proposed network revision. Proposed revisions are detailed below

In an effort to provide our customers and the public with the most effective transportation service possible, Wave Transit is revising its fixed route and Dial-A-Ride Transportation in July 2022.

Planning efforts are underway and we are looking to customers, stakeholders, and community members for feedback. Comments can be submitted online through the survey below, or in-person at Forden Station and Padgett Station. Additional opportunities to provide comment and maps of the draft service network will be available in the coming months. More information will be made available shortly on

Please click here to provide your comments. Thank you for your input!

On-Demand service, RideMICRO, launched Monday, October 11, 2021!

The new, flexible service connects Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties. Passengers can book an on-demand ride from a virtual stop within the newly expanded service area and be connected to Wave Transit’s fixed route service or brought to their destination. Wilmington Regional Microtransit is a point-to-point service available to anyone travelling within the network!

Each of the four service zones within the RideMICRO pilot program will launch fare-free for 30 days. Fares for Zone 1 Northern Brunswick County/Downtown Wilmington and Zone 2 Pender County/Northern New Hanover County were instated on Friday, November 12, 2021. The fare is $2 per trip. Children under the age of 5 ride for free with a fare paying adult. Transfers to Wave Transit’s fixed-route system or complementary ADA Paratransit service are available at cost.

Customers can pay for their trip electronically via the online payment form, by purchasing a ticket at both transfer stations, or with cash upon boarding. Exact change is necessary for cash payment. Click HERE to access the online payment form. 

Click HERE to learn more about Wilmington Regional Microtransit.

We’re headed your way, Pleasure Island! Zone 3 launches December 1, 2021! Click HERE for more information and a complete listing of virtual stops in Zone 3.

The Wave Transit pelican sits on the top right of this banner image. The logo for the Making Waves Foundation, fancy red and gold waves, and black text on a light yellow background. The text reads: We're Looking for Wave Makers! The Making Waves Foundation is seeking 2 new board members to guide its mission & development.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • Understand and promote the organization’s mission
  • Be familiar with the organization’s programs, policies, and operations
  • Attendance and active participation in board meetings and additional meetings as identified
  • Offer to take on special assignments
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings
  • Participate in fund raising activities and special events

We’re Looking for Wave Makers!

The Making Waves Foundation is seeking additional board members to guide its mission & development.

Established in 2011 by the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (dba Wave Transit), the Making Waves Foundation is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide transportation fare subsidies to nonprofit agencies who provide assistance to members of the community in need and individuals who otherwise would not have access to transportation.

Transportation assistance is provided to organizations through a community grant process. Grants are offered quarterly with applications reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Interested individuals should submit an application to Foundation Manager, Megan Matheny at:

Applications can be found here.

Board members are not compensated and serve a term of two (2) years and may be reappointed for a period of no more than two (2) additional two (2) year terms. The Board is required to meet no less than four (4) times a year on a quarterly basis or on an as-needed basis as determined by the Board of Directors.

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Community Outreach

Wave is YOUR public transportation provider!

We’re out in the community keeping you informed of available transportation, and getting your input to make sure our services reflect your needs.

Click the icon below to see our outreach calendar!



Public Notices


Notice of Public Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm EDT at Forden Station, Wave Transit’s main transfer center, located at 505 Cando St., 28401.   

A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting. 

Members of the public can attend the meeting in person and virtually through the GoToMeeting platform.  The internet interface is available at the following URL:  The meeting is also available via audio conference at: (312) 757-3121 | Access Code: 844-963-749.

A public comment period will also be offered at the meeting.  For community members who wish to provide comment, a public comment form can be downloaded HERE.  Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 via email to:  Comments received via the public comment form will be read at the meeting, during the public comment period, and entered into public record.  Please note: Virtual options for remote attendance may not always include access to presentations or other information shared during the meeting. However, all meeting information is public record, and is available upon request. Please email to request meeting presentations, handouts, or other information presented during a Wave Transit board meeting.

ADA accommodations will be provided upon request. Inquiries for ADA accommodations and general information about the meeting should be addressed by email to or by phone at (910) 343-0106 prior to the meeting.

Accessible Information

Website content and other resource material is available in alternate formats and will be provided upon request. Click the icon below to request information in an alternate format.

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