We’re making major improvements –

The majority of our routes and overall system will see changes beginning Sunday, July 3rd! We’re excited about the improvements and hope you are too. Here’s a look at what’s to come:

  • Increase frequencies from an hour to 30-minutes on 3 routes:
    • Route 108 Market Street
    • Route 201 Carolina Beach Road
    • Route 205 Long Leaf Park
  • Offer continuous, uninterrupted hourly service for Route 107 College Rd.
  • Revise Route 104 East (formerly Northeast) to offer service on Market Street east of College Rd. for the first time (Gordon Rd and North College Rd covered by RideMICRO)
  • Reduce transfers between Route 107 College Rd and Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd at Monkey Junction without reduced service for either route.
  • Replace Routes 207 North and 301 Pleasure Island with RideMICRO (details below)
  • Ride the Port City Trolley later on Saturdays and earlier in the morning Monday-Saturday.

Details for each route are listed below.  Have questions? Please call us at (910) 343 – 0106, email info@wavetransit.com, or stop by Forden or Padgett Station.

MORE FREQUENT SERVICE

We’re cutting your wait time in half on 3 Routes! Monday-Friday Routes 108, 201, and 205 will have 30-minute frequency. Route 107 will be more consistent with 60-minute frequency!

MORE MILAGE ON MARKET

We’ll bring you farther on Market St. than ever before. Route 104 will offer service on Market St. between College Rd. and Gordon Rd. for the first time!

Higher frequencies

 

 

Earlier weekend hours

 

 

More coverage

 

 

Direct beach access

 

 

Later trolley hours

 

New & better service

Extended Weekend Hours!

New schedule begins Sunday, July 3

 

Weekdays: 6:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

RideMICRO

The new, flexible service connects portion of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties. Passengers can book an on-demand ride from a virtual stop within a RideMICRO ‘zone’ 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.

RideMICRO service will replace fixed route service in Northern New Hanover County and the Carolina Beach area. The service uses real-time dynamic routing that can change on a moment’s notice, allowing riders to go anywhere in the service zone, on-demand. Rides can be booked on the app or by phone. Customers catch a ride at a “virtual stop,” and along their route, sophisticated dynamic routing algorithms use real-time, on-the-ground information to add other people traveling in the same direction into the same vehicle. RideMICRO is more responsive, efficient, and has shorter wait times than fixed route service, while still offering a low cost public transportation option for our community. For more information please visit the How to RideMICRO page.

 

Book. Pay. Ride.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday
7:00 am to 10:00 am  &  12:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Schedule your ride:

Download the RideMICRO app on Google Play and the App Store.
1-844-764-1223
Reserve your ride online

Pay for your Ride:

Option 1: Pay using a debit or credit card inside the app
Option 2: Pay online using a debit or credit card
Option 3: Purchase a ticket from Forden Station or Padgett Station

Route Changes

Please click on each route to view changes effective Sunday, July 3, 2022.

104 Northeast

Service Schedule

60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Route Level Implications

Route 104 – Northeast will begin offering coverage of Market St. East of College Rd. for the first time. Coverage along Gordon North and North College Road will transition to RideMICRO coverage.

Stop Level Implications

Eight (8) stops from Route 104 Northeast will not be included in RideMICRO Service Zone 4.

Gordon Rd  at  Eaton Elementary School
Gordon Rd  at  Farrington Farm Rd
Gordon Rd  at  Daniel Boone Rd
Gordon Rd  at  White Rd
Gordon Rd  at  Harris Rd
Gordon Rd  at  Avant Dr
Gordon Rd  at  Southgate Dr
N. College Rd  at  Gordon Rd

107 College Rd.

Service Schedule and Frequency (increased frequency to 60 min)

    60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

An increase in frequency is realized with total weekday operating hours increasing to fourteen from ten.

108 Market St.

Service Schedule and Frequency (increased frequency to 30 min during peak)

30-minute frequency

Weekday:6:00 am to 6:00 pm

60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

201 Carolina Beach Rd.

Service Schedule (increased frequency to 30 min during peak)

    30-minute frequency

Weekday:6:00 am to 6:00 pm

60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Route Level Implications

All segments included under current configuration to remain. Route 201 – Carolina Beach Rd will interline with Route 107 – College Rd at Monkey Junction to reduce transfers.

203 Port City Trolley

Seasonal Service Schedule (change in service hours)
40-minute frequency | Sunday Service No Longer Offered

March – November Peak Season
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

December – February Off Peak Season
Monday – Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Route Level Implications

No changes are planned to the Port City Trolley route.

Please click HERE for a map and schedule for the revised Port City Trolley

205 Long Leaf Park

Service Schedule and Frequency (increased frequency to 30 min during peak)

30-minute frequency

Weekday:6:00 am to 6:00 pm

60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

207 North

Route 207 will be discontinued. Service will be available through flexible, microtransit service RideMICRO.

Read more about RideMICRO service here.

301 Pleasure Island

Route 301 will be discontinued. Service will be available through flexible, microtransit service RideMICRO.

Read more about RideMICRO service here.

Fixed Route Maps & Schedules

Effective Sunday, July 3, 2022

 

All Routes Full route map Map Schedule
Route 101 Princess Place Map Stops
Route 103 Oleander East Map Stops
Route 104 Northeast Map Stops
Route 105 Medical Center Map Stops
Route 106 Shipyard Blvd. Map Stops
Route 107 College Rd. Map Stops
Route 108 Market St. Map Stops
Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd. Map Stops
Route 202 Oleander West Map Stops
Route 203 Port City Trolley Map Stops
Route 205 Longleaf Park Map Stops
Route 210 South 17th St. Map Stops

Background

On Tuesday February 8th, 2022 the Wave Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a proposal to expand the existing network, as well as investing in more frequent service. In November 2021, a recommendation was presented for consideration with adoption of a finalized draft slated for January 2022. The regularly scheduled January 27th, 2022 Board of Directors meeting was recessed to February 8th, 2022 to continue discussion on the network redesign, following the announcement from Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) on an additional $108 billion authorized for public transportation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The new law will increase Wave Transit’s federal formula funding by approximately $700,000 each year in over the next five years. Provided this added information, the Board of Directors voted to advance a revised framework which would result in increased frequencies on 30% of the fixed routes, enlarge Wave Transit’s service footprint, and improve efficiencies

Revisions to Dial-a-Ride Transportation (DART) Service

Dial-a-ride transportation (DART), or ADA complementary Paratransit service will no longer be offered to areas in which fixed-route transportation services are scheduled for elimination. Areas include northern New Hanover County and Carolina Beach. Customers will have an opportunity to utilize the on-demand, Microtransit service delivery alternative for access to these areas.

Get Involved

Public Comment – Closed April 12, 2022

January 12, 2022 marked the formal opening of a ninety-day public comment period on a redesign of the Wave Transit system network. The ninety-day public comment period concluded at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.  Public comments were submitted online or in-person at Forden and Padgett Stations.

We’re still glad to hear from you! To submit your feedback outside the official public comment period, please send us an email: info@wavetransit.com

Questions?

Please call us at (910) 343 – 0106, email info@wavetransit.com, or stop by Forden or Padgett Station.

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