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.

Do you need transportation to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? We can help!

 Wave Transit Provides Transportation Assistance to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Residents in Need

Wave Transit provides free next-day transportation to designated vaccination distribution sites for community members with vaccination appointments.

To request a ride to a vaccination site, community members with vaccination appointments can contact Wave Transit by phone at (910) 202-2053 or by e-mail at

Click here for more information

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!

Service Alerts

Notification of Minor Route Enhancements – Effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, minor route modifications to Route 203 Port City Trolley and Route 205 Long Leaf Park will take effect. The Port City Trolley will travel via Nutt St. for service to the Wilmington Convention Center, Live Oak Bank Pavilion, Wilmington Railroad Museum and a number of destination points along the way. The revision will result in increased access and the addition of nine (9) trolley stops. The route schedule and frequency remain unchanged. Click HERE for a copy of the revised map and stop listing. The travel pattern for Route 205 Long Leaf Park will shift from Front St. to 2nd St. when returning to Padgett Station. The timepoint for the Monkey Junction transfer station for Route 107 College Rd. will be revised from (:27) to (:30). A stop on Front St. at Cowan Dr. travelling to Padgett Station will be added to Route 207 North. Click HERE to obtain a revised system map and schedule inclusive of the above referenced changes.


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.



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.

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.”

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

Enhancements to the Port City Trolley Take Effect September 2021!


Close up of the front windows and headsign of the Port City Trolley. The bright electric headsign reads


Have you been by the new Live Oak Bank Pavilion and Riverfront Park? Get on Board and let the Port City Trolley take you there! Modifications to the Port City Trolley route will provide access to major destination points along Nutt St. including, Live Oak Bank Pavilion, Riverfront Park, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Coastline Convention Center, and hotel accommodations, residential units and retail establishments situated along the Cape Fear River. Enhancements will take effect on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The operating schedule and frequency for the Port City Trolley will remain unchanged.

Click HERE for a revised schedule and listing of new locations serviced by the Port City Trolley. 

Welcome back Seahawks! UNCW Shuttle Service resumed August 18, 2021. Two women on a bus look at a phone together. They're both smiling.

Welcome Back Seahawks! 

The UNCW Seahawk Shuttle is starting the school year on the right foot (wheel?) with new tracking options, revised routes, and sustained COVID-19 safety measures. Services resumed in accordance with the posted schedule on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

The shuttle is free for all UNCW students and faculty with your UNCW One Card ID. Click here to learn more about the shuttle and check route info.

Set the curve this semester by downloading the shuttle tracking app before you get to campus! Scan the QR code to find the app.

Valerie shares her experience Riding the Wave

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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.

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Public Notices

Notice of Public Hearing

A Public hearing will be held on the proposed Community Transportation Program Application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation no later than October 8, 2021. The public hearing will be held on September 23 at 12:30 PM before the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority.

Those interested in attending the public hearing and needing either auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or a language translator should contact Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority on or before September 19, 2021, at telephone number (910) 343-0106 or via email at:

The Community Transportation Program provides assistance to coordinate existing transportation programs operating in New Hanover County as well as provides transportation options and services for the communities within this service area. These services are currently provided by lift equipped vehicles. Services are provided by New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority.

Click here for more information in English.  Click here for more information in Spanish.

Notice of Publication and Comment Period for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program goal for FFY 2022 to FFY 2024 for Wave Transit was established. The Authority is proposing an overall goal of 1.13% for all FTA funded activities within the three year span as referenced. A DBE stakeholder meeting, providing the public an opportunity to offer comment on the goal setting process and methodology, was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. For members of the public unable to attend the meeting, a copy of the presentation can be accessed HERE. The methodology used in developing this goal is hereby available for review and comment until October 10, 2021. For additional information, questions or to submit comments, please contact the Authority’s DBE Liaison Officer (DBLO) and Deputy Director, Megan Matheny, via email at: or by phone (910) 202-2057.

Notice of Public Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, September 23, 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.

Click HERE to view the meeting agenda.

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, September 22, 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.

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