WAVE Transit Proposal Would Eliminate Routes To Pleasure Island With Alternatives

WAVE Transit Proposal Would Eliminate Routes To Pleasure Island With Alternatives

WAVE Transit Proposal Would Eliminate Routes To Pleasure Island With Alternatives Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 10 March 2021 02:54

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY -   WAVE Transit (Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority) is seeking input from the public on changes to certain bus routes that are planned to begin in August of 2021.
One change would eliminate the existing bus service from Pleasure Island to the rest of the County and replacing it with an on demand Microtransit service.
According to WAVE, "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."
Microtransit service is under development, and further details will be provide as soon as they are finalized.
The changes come as a result of funding challenges in recent years as well as a change in leadership at WAVE Transit last year.
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.
If you have questions or need further assistance with this information please call (910) 343-0106, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or stop by Forden Station (505 Cando St) or Padgett Station (520 N. 3rd St).
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.
Public Hearings
Two public hearings will be held where members of the community can provide comments which will be entered into the public record. Hearings will be held in April and May, 2021.
A public comment period began on March 8, 2021 and conclude on June 6, 2021.
Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted online by visiting https://www.wavetransit.com/ 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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