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 Change to Customer Code of Conduct- Fixed Route 

Effective August 1, 2019  customers will no longer be permitted to eat and drink while traveling on fixed route vehicles. All food and beverage items will need to be securely packed away in the customer’s belongings or thrown away before a customer will be allowed to board the vehicle.


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!

Where Transit Goes, Communities Grow

Public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them by spurring economic development, promoting sustainable lifestyles and providing a higher quality of life.  Every segment of American society – individuals, families, communities, and businesses – benefits from public transportation. Wave Transit is no exception. As the public transportation provider for the Cape Fear region, the benefits of transit translate to our local community. These benefits are summarized under the categorizes listed below:

A Stronger Economy

Did you know…

Wave Transit employs approximately 130 workers, 15% of whom are Veterans, providing $4 million in annual salaries. We directly purchase an additional $1.5 million in goods and services from our local community (more).

A Safer Community

Did you know…

Wave Transit provides 1.3 million fixed route bus and shuttle trips per year. The advantages of traffic reduction, at an average rate of  117 vehicles per day, on our roadways as a result of the use of public transportation, a shared ride option, are felt community wide (more).

Did you know…

Forden Station and the Downtown Transfer Station accommodate over 90,000 transfers on an annual basis. In 2011, Forden Station replaced four covered shelter amenities on Columb Dr. behind Target as Wave Transit’s main transfer station. Forden Station provides a safe, off street environment and adequate amenities for customers to transfer or wait on a bus.

Effective January 2020, the new Downtown Transfer Station, located on 3rd St. and Campbell St., will replace the current, on street transfer center located at 2nd St. and Princess St. The revised location provides enhanced safety for customers as well as pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic travelling along 2nd St. and Princess St.

A Cleaner Environment

Did you know…

Wave Transit is transitioning its fleet from diesel and gasoline powered vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. The environmental benefits have equated to 93% lower CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and the economic benefits since 2015 have resulted in a total savings of over $532,000 (more).

Community Center

Notification of Grant Funding Opportunity

Wave Transit offers an annual opportunity for nonprofits, local government, and private providers of public transportation to apply for grant funding to support transportation projects for people age 65 and over and people with disabilities.

Effective November 1, 2019 until January 8, 2020 the grant application period is now open.

Click HERE to view or download the application.

Past Grantees

  1. The Brunswick Center at Leland, Brunswick Senior Resources INC.
  2. New Hanover County Senior Resource Center

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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 Hearing – Service Advisory Update

On Monday, October 21, 2019, the New Hanover County Commissioners moved to withdraw its support from the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority. After a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority on October 24, 2019, no immediate action was taken to modify services offered by Wave Transit. All routes and services will continue without interruption until further notice.
A public hearing has been scheduled for November 21, 2019 to hear from the public regarding the following changes to service offered by Wave Transit:

• Modify current weekday service (Monday – Friday) to end at 8:00pm
• Modify current Saturday service to begin at 9:00am and end at 6:00pm

The proposed changes will be considered by the Board of Directors on November 21, 2019. Comments regarding these modifications will be received via email to , by phone to (910) 343-0106, by fax to (910) 343-8317 or in person at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:00pm at Forden Station, 505 Cando St., Wilmington, NC 28405.

Please note: Transportation assistance available upon request. If needed, please call (910) 343-0106 or contact by 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

ADA accommodations are available and if needed must be requested by Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by phone at (910) 343-0106 or email to

Notice of Public Meeting

The next meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the Board Room at Forden Station, 505 Cando Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.  An agenda will be posted one week prior to the meeting.

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