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 change someone’s life with a tax deductible donation.

Service Alerts

Face Coverings Required to Ride: Per Executive Order 180, effective 11/25/20, all riders over age 5 must wear face coverings AT ALL TIMES, at stations, bus stops and on board public transportation unless an exception applies. Customers may be removed from or denied entry if they refuse to wear a face covering. To request an ADA exception customers can call 343-0106 or our ADA coordinator, at 202-2045.
UNCW Seahawk Shuttle Service Concludes 11/24/20: The last day of UNCW Seahawk Shuttle service will be Tuesday, November 24, 2020. No service will be provided during the winter break. Service for the Spring 2021 semester will resume on January 20, 2021.
No Service Provided Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020: No bus or DART service will be provided and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal service will resume on Friday, November 27, 2020.
Fares Reinstated and Facilities Reopened November 16, 2020: Effective Monday, November 16, 2020, fares for public transportation services were reinstated and both Forden and Padgett Stations were reopened. Oversized bags and luggage is no longer permitted inside customer restrooms. Click HERE for further details.


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

Coronavirus 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, the temporary closure of interior spaces at our transit centers, fare-free fixed route bus trips with boarding at the rear door (except for persons with disabilities), signage for social distancing, and requiring face coverings on vehicles, bus stops, and 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.

Community Center

Wave Transit Network Redesign Proposal

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 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. The revised network is slated for implemntation July 2021.

Details regarding route modifications, project timeline and opportunities for public input will be provided in the coming weeks as we move through the redesign process.

A copy of the presentation and full report of TransPro Consulting’s Wave Transit Network Redesign Proposal can be accessed below:

Click HERE for a copy of the presentation

Click HERE for the full report 


Give Input on Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Wave Transit is seeking public input for their Locally Coordinated Transportation Plan (LCP) in order to: identify the transportation needs of people with disabilities and individuals age 65 and older in the Wilmington Metro Area; identify strategies for meeting those local needs; and prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation. The results of this survey, along with input collected through a virtual open house (date TBA) and focus groups, will be included in the 2021 LCP and will inform future transportation programing and funding decisions. For more information please call: (910) 202-2045 or email:

Click HERE or on the image below to take the survey now!

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

Click on the image below to watch the video now!

Follow Wave on Social Media

November 27
All service is running on a normal schedule today, Friday, November 27, 2020. Our vehicles are sanitized nightly an…
November 26
No bus or DART service will be provided and administrative offices will be closed today, Thursday, November 26, 202…
November 25
Thank You @CamArtMuseum for offering Free Admission to First Responders and Essential Workers (like our dedicated t…


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

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm EDT.

A meeting agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority

Wave Transit Operations Center – Second Floor

1480 Castle Hayne Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28401

Social distancing will be implemented at the meeting and there may be limits on the number of attendees allowed at the meeting. Personal protective equipment will be available to participants. 

A virtual option for remote attendance is available. Credentials for visual and audio access will be posed in conjunction with the meeting agenda.

A public comment period will be offered at the meeting. For community members that wish to provide comment but will not attend in-person, a public comment form can be downloaded HERE. Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 via email to: Comments received via the public comment form will be read at the meeting during the public comment period and entered into the public record.

Please note: Virtual options for remote attendance may not always include access to presentations or other information shared during the in-person 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 accommodations and general information about the meeting should be addressed by email to or by phone at (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.