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Service Enhancements Coming 2022
The Wave Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a proposal to expand the existing network, as well as investing in more frequent service.
The Board met on Tuesday February 8th to continue discussion on the network redesign, following the announcement from Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) on an additional $108 billion authorized for public transportation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The new law will increase Wave Transit’s federal formula funding by approximately $700,000 each year in over the next five years. Provided this added information, the Board of Directors voted to advance a revised framework which would result in increased frequencies on 30% of the fixed routes, enlarge Wave Transit’s service footprint, and improve efficiencies.
January 12, 2022 marked the formal opening of a ninety-day public comment period on a redesign of the Wave Transit system network. The ninety-day public comment period concluded at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. We’re still glad to hear from you! To submit your feedback outside the official public comment period, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The draft proposal is as follows:
- Retain current urban core network with peripheral improvements
- Replace Routes 207 North and 301 Pleasure Island with an on-demand microtransit service delivery model, which is responsive and serves a much larger geographic area
- Introduce 30-minute service frequencies on three routes, including Route 108 Market Street, Route 201 Carolina Beach Road, and Route 205 Long Leaf Park
- Offer 60-minute continuous, uninterrupted frequencies for Route 107 College Rd. for better consistency
- Revise Route 104 East offering transit service on Market Street east of College Rd. for the first time, and shifting coverage of Gordon Road and North College Road to the flexible microtransit service
- Interline Route 107 College Rd. and Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd. at Monkey Junction, reducing transfers resulting in better customer service
- Implement a seasonal trolley schedule, reallocating resources to the most productive hours
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.
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.
No CDL? No problem!
Wave Transit is assist eligible candidates to obtain a commercial driving license.
New 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. RideMICRO is a point-to-point service available to anyone traveling within the designated service network! This new transportation offering provides greater flexibility, decreased wait times, and increased stop locations than a traditional fixed-route bus.
Three out of the four transportation zones in the RideMICRO pilot program are in operation including, Zone 1 Northern Brunswick County/Downtown Wilmington, Zone 2 Pender County/Northern New Hanover County and Zone 3 Southern New Hanover County/Pleasure Island. Service for the fourth and final area, Zone 4 Northern New Hanover County will be implemented April 18, 2022. Stay tuned! The fare is $2.00 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. A reduced fare option is not offered under the RideMICRO pilot program.
Interested passengers within Zones 1, 2, and 3 (see zone maps) can schedule a ride with a Microtransit dispatcher through the RideMICRO app, by calling the toll-free number, or through the online form. There are currently more than 3,000 virtual stops!
RideMICRO app is available for download on Google Play and the App Store.
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 Interim Foundation Manager at: email@example.com.
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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Notice of Public Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm EDT at Forden Station located at 505 Cando St., 28405.
View the agenda here.
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: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/844936749. The meeting is also available via audio conference at: (312) 757-3121 | Access Code: 844-936-749.
A public comment period limited to five (5) minutes per person will be offered at the meeting. For community members who wish to provide comment not in person, a hard copy comment form can be downloaded HERE. Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 22, 2022 via e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can be provided in person or via written form. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request. Inquiries for ADA accommodations and general information about the meeting should be addressed by email to email@example.com or by phone at (910) 343-0106 prior to the meeting.