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!

(910)-343-0106

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.

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.

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.

 

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!


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.

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.

Click here to learn more about our pledge.

Community Center

Route & Service Changes Coming July 2022: We want to hear from you! The 90-day public comment period is open now through April 13, 2022. Anticipated changes include: Replacement of Route 207 North and Route 301 Pleasure Island with a more flexible, on-demand service option, RideMICRO Consolidation of Route 103 Oleander East, Route 106 Shipyard Blvd., Route 202 Oleander West, and Route 205 Long Leaf Park into existing fixed routes Increased frequency on Routes 107 College Rd., Route 108 Market St., and Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd. Shift in weekend hours to an earlier start time on Saturdays Seasonal schedule offering for Route 203 - Port City Trolley. Get Involved: Submit your comments through the community survey, by attending one of our Town Hall, informational sessions, or one of two public hearings. Dates for each will be announced late January 2022. Access the survey through the link below. Paper copies available at both transfer stations.

We want to hear from you!

90-Day Public Comment Period is open now through April 13, 2022.

In an effort to provide our customers and the public with the most effective transportation service possible, Wave Transit is revising its Fixed Route and Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) services effective July 3, 2022.

Planning efforts are underway and we are looking to customers, stakeholders, and community members for feedback. Comments can be submitted online through the survey below, or in-person at Forden Station and Padgett Station, or by attending one of three Town Hall informational sessions or one of two upcoming Public Hearings.

Anticipated changes include:

  • Replacement of Route 207 North and Route 301 Pleasure Island with a more flexible, on-demand service option, RideMICRO
  • Consolidation of Route 103 Oleander East, Route 106 Shipyard Blvd., Route 202 Oleander West, and Route 205 Long Leaf Park into existing fixed routes
  • Increased frequency on Routes 107 College Rd., Route 108 Market St., and Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd.
  • Shift in weekend hours to an earlier start time on Saturdays
  • Seasonal schedule offering for Route 203 – Port City Trolley

Get Involved: Submit your comments through the community survey, by attending one of our Town Hall informational sessions, or by attending one of two Public Hearings. Dates for each event will be announced late January 2022.

Click here to access the online community survey. Paper copies available at both transfer stations.

Grant Opportunity Now Open! 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. The 2021 application period opens on December 6, 2021 and closes on January 31, 2022. For an application, click the download link below, call (910) 202-2045, or email bditri@wavetransit.com.

Section 5310 funds are available for capital and nontraditional projects to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of persons age 65 and older and persons with disabilities.

All projects must be situated within the Wilmington Metropolitan Urbanized Area, and all projects must meet a need identified by the 2021 Locally Coordinated Plan. FTA encourages recipients to develop innovative solutions to meet the needs of elderly persons (as defined as 65 years of age or older) and persons with disabilities in their communities. Both traditional capital and nontraditional capital and operating projects must be targeted toward meeting the specific needs of persons age 65 and older and persons with disabilities. It is not sufficient that elderly persons and persons with disabilities are merely included (or assumed to be included) among the people who will benefit from the project. FTA encourages projects that are open to the public as a means of avoiding unnecessary segregation of services.

Applications are due by January 31, 2022.

Download the application

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 March 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!

Click HERE to access the online payment form.
Click HERE to learn more about Wilmington Regional Microtransit service.

RideMICRO app is available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

Click here to get the RideMICRO app on the Google Play Store!

Click here to get the RideMICRO app on the Apple App Store!

The Wave Transit pelican sits on the top right of this banner image. The logo for the Making Waves Foundation, fancy red and gold waves, and black text on a light yellow background. The text reads: We're Looking for Wave Makers! The Making Waves Foundation is seeking 2 new board members to guide its mission & development.

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 Foundation Manager, Megan Matheny at: mmatheny@wavetransit.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.

Valerie shares her experience Riding the Wave

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January 23
Winter Storm Update - Sunday, January 23, 2022: All services have resumed on the usual Sunday schedule.
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January 22
The Port City Trolley, RideMICRO, and UNCW Seahawk Shuttle services have been suspended and will not operate on Sat… https://t.co/btKUS02wBp
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January 22
Some larger busses have been replaced with smaller shuttles for today. Transfer Station buildings are closed but th… https://t.co/vDjYQ5jKCD
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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

A public hearing will be held on the proposed FY2022 Community Transportation Program Application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation no later than Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:30 PM before the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors.

Those interested in attending the public hearing and needing either auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or a language translator should contact Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority on or before Monday, January 24, 2022, at telephone number (910) 343-0106 or via email at info@wavetransit.com.

Read the public notice:  English   Spanish

Notice of Public Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 12:30 pm EDT at the Wave Transit Maintenance and Operations Center located at 1480 Castle Hayne Rd., 28401.   

Click HERE for a copy of the meeting agenda. 

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 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, January 26, 2022 via email to: wavetransit@wavetransit.com.  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 wavetransit@wavetransit.com 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 wavetransit@wavetransit.com or by phone at (910) 343-0106 prior to the meeting.

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