Background

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. A Microtransit service delivery model, as referenced in the proposal, was also approved. The revised network is slated for implementation on August 15, 2021.

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 

 

System Changes

Revisions to Fixed Routes

Modifications are anticipated for a majority of the fixed bus routes and the Port City Trolley Program within the current system. A summary is as follows:

  • Route 101 Princess Place will undergo no route modifications and continue to operate on a 30-minute frequency during peak times.
  • Route 108 Market St. will undergo no route modifications and frequency will increase from 60-minutes to 30-minutes during peak times.
  • Route 201 Carolina Beach Rd. will undergo minimal route modification and frequency will increase from 60-mintes to 30-minutes during peak times.
  • Fixed bus service via Route 207 North (which serves the northern portion of New Hanover County) and Route 301 Pleasure Island (which serves Carolina Beach south of Monkey Junction) will be eliminated. A revised on-demand, better known as Microtransit, service delivery solution will be offered as an alternative.
  • Frequency will increase from every two hours to 60-minutes on Route 107 College Rd. with the elimination of Route 301 Pleasure Island

Please see a full description of the changes to each route below, and click HERE to view a map of the proposed system network redesign. If you have questions or need further assistance with this information please call (910) 343-0106, email wavetransit@wavetransit.com, or stop by Forden Station (505 Cando St) or Padgett Station (520 N. 3rd St).

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.

 

New Service Option- Microtransit Program

This new service option will replace fixed route service in Northern New Hanover County and the Carolina Beach area. Microtransit 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 bus 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. Microtransit 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. Vendor identification and selection is currently underway and further details on the Microtransit service will be available in June, 2021.

 

Get Involved

Public Comment

A public comment period will begin on March 8, 2021 and conclude on June 6, 2021. Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted online by clicking HERE, or in-person through comment boxes located at Forden and Padgett stations. To request support or ADA accommodations for the public comment opportunity please call (910) 202-2045 or email vlacer@wavetransit.com. 

Public Hearing and Information Sessions

  • A public hearing with virtual and in-person options will be held on April 22, 2021 at 12:30pm. The public hearing will be held during a regular meeting of the wave Transit Board of Directors. Details about virtual and in-person attendance will be provided in advance of the Public Hearing.  
  • 3 information sessions, with virtual and in-person options, will be held at Forden and Padgett Stations, on May 4th and 6th from 5pm to 7pm, and on May 8th from 10am to 12pm. Details about virtual and in-person attendance will be provided in advance of the information sessions.

Route Changes

Please click on each route to view expected changes. Click HERE to view a map of the proposed system network redesign.

101 Princess Place

No changes are planned to route 101.

103 Oleander East

Route 103 will be discontinued.

Route Level Implications

Segments of Route 103 Oleander East along Wrightsville Ave. and Oleander Dr. will be retained and added to Route 104 Northeast.

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 retains segments of current Route 104 Northeast, including Eastwood Rd., Military Cutoff Rd., access to Mayfaire Town Center; incorporates all elements of an add-on option included in the Transpro report, and retains segments of Route 103 Oleander East along Wrightsville Ave. and Oleander Dr.  

Stop Level Implications

Removal of twenty (20) total stops from Route 104 Northeast and Route 103 Oleander East

105 Medical Center

Service Schedule and Frequency

    60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Route Level Implications

Segments on current Route 105 Medical Center along Kerr Ave., Wilshire Blvd., Independence Blvd., and 16th/17th St. will be retained. Segments on current Route 106 Shipyard Blvd. along Covil Ave. will be retained and added to route 105. Service along Shipyard Blvd. between Carolina Beach Rd. and 17th St. not retained.

Stop Level Implications

Removal of nine (9) total stops from Route 105 Medical Center and Route 106 Shipyard Blvd.

106 Shipyard Blvd

Route 106 will be discontinued.

Route Level Implications

Segments on current Route 106 Shipyard Blvd. along Covil Ave. will be retained and added to route 105. Segments along Rutledge and Vance St. will be retained and added to route 201. Service along Shipyard Blvd. between Carolina Beach Rd. and 17th St. will not be not retained.

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.

Route Level Implications

Route to remain with the addition of four (4) stops along Racine Dr.

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

Route Level Implications

All segments included under current configuration to remain

Stop Level Implications

Current stops, total of 39, to remain.

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 with addition of service along Rutledge St. and Vance St.

Stop Level Implications

Current stops, total of 38, to remain. Transfer of two (2) stops along Rutledge St. and Vance St. from current Route 106 Shipyard Blvd.

202 Oleander West

Route 202 will be discontinued.

Route Level Implications

Segments of  Route 202 Oleander West along Castle St., Oleander Dr. and Wrightsville Ave. will be retained and included in the new route 211 Oleander/Wrightsville.

Stop Level Implications

Removal of sixteen (16) total stops with elimination of Route 202 Oleander West and retention of thirty-one (31) stops with creation of Route 211 Oleander/Wrightsville

203 Port City Trolley

Service Schedule (change in service hours)

40-minute frequency

Monday-Thursday and Sunday: 10:00am to 5:40pm

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:40 pm

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

Route 205 will be discontinued.

Route Level Implications

Segments of South 17th St. from Independence Blvd. to College Rd. and on 17th St. and St. Andrews Dr. will be eliminated. Service to the medical center and 17th St. will be retained and included on the new route 210 Medical Center/17th St.

207 North

Route 207 will be discontinued. Service will be available through Microtransit, a new service option.  Microtransit service is under development, and further details will be provide as soon as they are finalized.

210 South 17th St.

Service Schedule

60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Route Level Implications

Segments of South 17th St. from Independence Blvd. to College Rd. will be eliminated.

211 Oleander/Wrightsville

Service Schedule (new route)

    60-minute frequency

Weekday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Weekend: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Route Level Implications

Segments of Route 202 Oleander West along Castle St., Oleander Dr. and Wrightsville Ave. and included in Transpro’s report incorporated in new route.

Stop Level Implications

Removal of sixteen (16) total stops with elimination of Route 202 Oleander West and retention of thirty-one (31) stops with creation of Route 211 Oleander/Wrightsville.

301 Pleasure Island

Route 301 will be discontinued. Service will be available through Microtransit, a new service option.  Microtransit service is under development, and further details will be provide as soon as they are finalized.

Click HERE or on the image below to view a map of the proposed system network redesign.