More Details in Summer 2019

Get on Board…Ride the Wave!

Get on Board…Ride the Wave!

Click HERE for a Trolley Schedule

Get on Board…Ride the Wave!

Get on Board…Ride the Wave!

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 Station. 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 change someone’s life with a tax deductible donation.

Service Alerts

All service operating normal schedule.

Seahawk Shuttle services have concluded and will resume as schedule in August 2019.

On Monday, October 15th, a new permanent route for the FREE Downtown Trolley was implemented. Tracking for the FREE Downtown Trolley is available via the Smartphone app or through the website. Click HERE for the New Downtown Trolley Schedule


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!

Community Center

Downtown Trolley Naming Contest

Wave Transit received over 300 names in response to the community naming contest for the revised Downtown Trolley Program, released to the public in March 2019. Submissions were vetted and six final contenders were selected to be released for final vote. Community voting to choose the winner took place from May 1, 2019 through Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Thank you to all who participated! The name that received the most votes was Port City Trolley!

The winning name will inspire revised trolley branding which will be unveiled with the arrival of the new trolley vehicle in Fall 2019. Prizes will be awarded to finalists and a grand prize will be awarded to the winner of the naming contest at the unveiling.

Watch a Video About the Trolley Naming Contest

Did You Know…Wave Transit has a Foundation!  

The Making Waves Foundation, established in 2011, is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free or heavily subsidized bus passes to local organizations that provide assistance to individuals who do not have access to affordable transportation. The Foundation also aids Wave Transit in raising funds to promote and improve public transportation in Southeastern North Carolina.

To date, the Making Waves Foundation has provided transportation assistance to over 23,000 of our neighbors in Southeastern North Carolina through grant awards to over 85 community organizations!

Watch the video below to learn more about the Foundation’s impact within our community!

*Please note that Ms. Matheny serves as Wave Transit’s Deputy Director instead of Mobility Manager.  


You can help others catch the Wave by making a donation today!

Click on the image below to help others catch the Wave!


New Route for the Free Downtown Trolley

Effective Monday, October 15th, the Downtown Trolley will have a new permanent route. Thank you to all those who gave input and helped to improve this service!

Click HERE or on the image below to view a schedule of the new route.

Valerie shares her experience Riding the Wave

Click on the image below to watch the video now!

Follow Wave on Social Media

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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
A meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the Board Room at Forden Station, 505 Cando Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.  Click here for a copy of the meeting agenda.

Notice of Opportunity for a Public Hearing
Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority
Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Pursuant to the provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, (Public Law 114-94), notice is hereby given that persons who wish to request a public hearing on the following projects must submit said request in writing to the following address:
Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority
Attention: Albert Eby, Executive Director
P.O. Box 12630
Wilmington, NC 28405-0130
If no requests are received within fifteen (15) days from the publication of this notice, the public hearing process will be considered complete, no public hearing will be deemed necessary, and the Proposed Program of Projects will become the Final Program of Projects.  Click here for a copy of the proposed program of projects.

Notice of Public Hearing
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Section 159, Subchapter III, Article 3 of the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, notice is hereby given that the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (Wave Transit) will hold a public hearing for the purpose of allowing persons who wish to be heard on the proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget.  The hearing will be conducted at the following address:
Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority
Forden Station
505 Cando Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
The date and time of the hearing will be:
Thursday, June 27, 2019
12:00 pm
The proposed budget ordinance is available at the following URL:    Copies of the proposed budget will also be made available at the above address between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of recognized holidays, for a period of not less than thirty (30) days from the date of this publication.
Accommodations for special needs individuals will be provided upon request.  Inquiries for special needs accommodations and general information about the public hearing should be addressed by email to or by phone at (910) 343-0106.
The Budget Ordinance is tentatively scheduled for consideration by the Authority at its regular meeting on June 27, 2019.  Additional information can be obtained by calling (910) 343-0106.

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.