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.

Service Alerts

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.

Wave Transit Announces Transportation Assistance to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Residents in Need: Wave Transit will begin providing free next-day transportation to designated vaccination distribution sites for community members with vaccination appointments effective Monday, January 25, 2021. Wave Transit will begin taking transportation requests effective 8:00 am, Friday, January 22, 2021. 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

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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!

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

Wave Transit System Network Redesign

In January 2020, New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington announced that they will work collaboratively towards a new interlocal agreement for Wave Transit which will take effect on July 1, 2021. In February 2020, a revised Board of Directors, comprised of staff from the county, city and Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, was appointed as the governing body to oversee revisions brought forth under this next chapter.

In an effort to identify solutions to the funding challenges faced by Wave Transit, New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington engaged an outside transportation consultant, TransPro Consulting, to conduct a diagnostic assessment for cost saving opportunities and ultimately, design a transportation network that meets the needs of a growing community while providing long-term financial stability.

In September 2020, a finalized proposal of a revised system network was presented to Wave Transit’s Board of Directors for review and consideration. On October 22, 2020, the revised network was approved as the framework for public transportation services offered by Wave Transit. An on-demand service delivery model, as referenced in the proposal, was also approved.

Route and service area changes originally scheduled to go into effect on August 15, will NOT be made. In April, 2021, Wilmington City Council members and NHC Commissioners approved a delay of any changes until July 1, 2022. No changes will be made to bus routes and DART service areas until 2022.

If you have questions or need further assistance with this information please call (910) 343-0106, email, or stop by Forden Station (505 Cando St) or Padgett Station (520 N. 3rd St).

Wave Transit Welcomes New Executive Director

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 during a special board meeting, the Cape Fear Public Transportation Board of Directors named Marie Parker as its next executive director. She will begin in this role on December 7, 2020. Ms. Parker has over 14 years of senior level management experience in the public transportation industry and comes from GoRaleigh, the transit system responsible for operating majority of the public transportation services in Raleigh, North Carolina. She previously served as the General Manager at GoRaleigh.

Community Partnership Spotlight

We are proud to partner with Trey Sharpe and former NFL football player Nick Becton, co-founders of PCCS Medical. PCCS Medical, in addition to donations of medical equipment to our county and housing for medical workers, has donated 4,600 bars of soap to Wave Transit customers to help stop the spread of COVID-19! Free soap was available on board our vehicles in April, and all 4,600 bars of soap have now been distributed. Frequent hand washing with soap and water helps stop the spread of COVID-19 and saves lives. Learn more about PCCS and their assistance to the community HERE.

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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Notice of Public Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, August 26, 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 agenda will be provided 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.

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, August 25, 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.

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.