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

Notification of Service Interruption for Route 203 Downtown Trolley

Intersection closures as a result of utility work along N. 4th St. is resulting in limited service for Route 203 Free Downtown Trolley along this roadway. The trolley will be able to access Stop #1, 4th St. and Brunswick St., on the posted schedule; however, service along N. 4th St. is limited. Utility work is slated to be complete in mid-May. Once completed, service along N. 4th St. will resume as scheduled.

Due to roadway construction, Route 101 Princess Place is unable to service the bus stop 10106 located on Market St. (WB) and Kerr Ave. (:07) and (:39) until further notice. Customers are encouraged to use bus stop 10105 Market St. (WB) at Budgetel Inn (:06) and (:38) as an alternate until the bus stop is reinstated.

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

The community naming contest for the Downtown Trolley is currently closed. Submittals were accepted March 1-31, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019. Prizes will be awarded to finalists and a grand prize will be awarded to the winner of the naming contest. The winner will be selected by a community vote. A finalized brand will be developed around the name selected by the community. The revised brand will be unveiled with the arrival of the new trolley vehicles in Spring 2019.

Check back in May, 2019 for the announcement of the finalists and to vote for your favorite!

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

April 18
We are committed to #sustainable #environmental practices and are proud to sponsor a shuttle for the 2019 #EarthDay…
April 17
No bus or accessible van service will be provided and administrative offices will be closed on Sunday, April 21, 20…
April 16
Attn: Trolley detour for N. 4th St in effect until further notice. The trolley will be able to access Stop #1, 4th…


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, April 25, 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
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.


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.