Routes & Schedules

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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 change someone’s life with a tax deductible donation.

Service Alerts

Route Changes Began and New Downtown Station Opened Saturday, January 18, 2020

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 the Downtown transfer location at 2nd St. and Princess St. was permanently relocated to 520 North 3rd St. and changes were made to the following routes: 101, 104, 108, 201, 202, 203 (Downtown Trolley), 204, 205, 207, 209, and 301.

Please CLICK HERE to see the new schedules and maps for the routes listed above.

Please note the interruption to our smartphone app has been resolved. Data is reporting correctly and uninterrupted through the Wave Transit smartphone app. Thank you for your patience through this time of transition.  

If you have questions or need further assistance with this information please call (910) 343-0106 or send an email to


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!

Where Transit Goes, Communities Grow

Public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them by spurring economic development, promoting sustainable lifestyles and providing a higher quality of life.  Every segment of American society – individuals, families, communities, and businesses – benefits from public transportation. Wave Transit is no exception. As the public transportation provider for the Cape Fear region, the benefits of transit translate to our local community. These benefits are summarized under the categorizes listed below:

A Stronger Economy

Did you know…

Wave Transit employs approximately 130 workers, 15% of whom are Veterans, providing $4 million in annual salaries. We directly purchase an additional $1.5 million in goods and services from our local community (more).

A Safer Community

Did you know…

Wave Transit provides 1.3 million fixed route bus and shuttle trips per year. The advantages of traffic reduction, at an average rate of  117 vehicles per day, on our roadways as a result of the use of public transportation, a shared ride option, are felt community wide (more).

Did you know…

Forden Station and the Downtown Transfer Station accommodate over 90,000 transfers on an annual basis. In 2011, Forden Station replaced four covered shelter amenities on Columb Dr. behind Target as Wave Transit’s main transfer station. Forden Station provides a safe, off street environment and adequate amenities for customers to transfer or wait on a bus.

Effective January 2020, the new Downtown Transfer Station, located on 3rd St. and Campbell St., will replace the current, on street transfer center located at 2nd St. and Princess St. The revised location provides enhanced safety for customers as well as pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic travelling along 2nd St. and Princess St. The images below show the vast improvement for bus customers and the downtown community.

A Cleaner Environment

Did you know…

Wave Transit is transitioning its fleet from diesel and gasoline powered vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. The environmental benefits have equated to 93% lower CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and the economic benefits since 2015 have resulted in a total savings of over $532,000 (more).

Community Center

The Wilmington Multimodal Transportation Center/Downtown Transfer Station Now Open Effective Saturday, January 18, 2020

Several years in the making, the first phase of the Wilmington Multimodal Transportation Center, the Authority’s Downtown Transfer Station, opened its doors on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The facility is a significant upgrade to the former on-street, Downtown Transfer Center located on 2nd St. and Princess St. The new station provides customers with safer and more comfortable accommodations. Route modifications were implemented in conjunction with the opening of the revised station. Click HERE or on the image below for details regarding these changes.

The new facility is an adaptive reuse project of the historic Neuwirth Brothers Building, a Volkswagen garage built in the 1920s, that remained vacant for several years. The integrity of the building was preserved, and we are pleased to offer a revitalized, functional facility to our customers and the greater community.

Revised Service Hours Beginning Monday, January 6, 2020

Effective Monday, January 6, 2020, service hours for Wave Transit’s fixed-route bus and Dial a Ride Transportation (DART) program will be revised to the following:

  • Monday thru Friday – 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (revised from a 9:00 pm end time)
  • Saturday – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (revised from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm)
  • Sunday – No change. Service hours to remain as 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Under the revised hours, service for Route 301 Pleasure Island will be provided four (4) times a day, Monday thru Friday and three (3) times per day on Saturday and Sunday. The revised schedule for this route is as follows:

  • Weekdays – 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
  • Weekends – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm

Route 107 College Rd. departs Forden Station during the following times:

  • Weekdays – 6:00am, 7:00am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm (returning to Forden Station and concluding service at 8:00 pm)
  • Weekends – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm (returning to Forden Station and concluding service at 6:00 pm)

Port City Trolley Unveiling Event

A big thank you to the local dignitaries, Wave Transit Board members, and local supporters for attending the Port City Trolley (PCT) unveiling event on Monday, November 25, 2019. The event was held in the South Front District at Trolley Stop #10 located at Greenfield St. and Second St. The new trolley vehicle, design for the revised trolley program, and permanent signage for each of the designated trolley stops were revealed during the event. We are excited to offer a revised downtown trolley service that meets the needs of our growing community. Check out images from the unveiling and 5 district ribbon cutting below. Click HERE for a Trolley Map and Schedule for the new Port City Trolley.

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.

Click the icon below to see our outreach calendar!




Notice of Public Meeting

A regular meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 12:30 pm in the Wave Transit Board Room at Forden Station, 505 Cando Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.  The meeting will include a public comment period for members of the community to address the board.

Accommodations for special needs individuals will be provided if requested. Inquiries for special needs accommodations and general information about the meeting should be addressed by email to or by phone at (910) 343-0106.

A meeting agenda will be posted here approximately one week prior to the scheduled meeting.

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