Democrat Steve Unger is challenging Republican incumbent Chris Millis in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County.  Unger says transportation infrastructure is his number one issue, and that transportation issues need to be looked at regionally, not just county by county:

Wave Transit received a government grant to improve transportation services to people over the age of 65 and people with disabilities. Wave Transit is distributing some of these funds to local organizations to help increase these services. Eligible organizations can be non-profit, governmental, or private businesses; the main thing is that they can provide new transportation options. 

Vanessa Lacer, the Mobility Manager at Wave, joined us in the studio to talk about how groups can apply to receive funding through this community grant program. Listen to our interview above for more information. And stay tuned-we'll speak with Lacer in November to find out who the grant recipients are.

If you are a person with a disability, getting around town can be difficult. The same goes for folks who are older and have poor eyesight or other limitations. WAVE Transit currently provides transportation options to help these people who need them. And it's about to get better.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

This November, voters will choose from eight candidates to fill three open seats on Wilmington City Council. At the candidate forum hosted by Residents of Old Wilmington and the Downtown Business Alliance, the candidates discussed local transportation issues.   

Alvin Rogers has served on the Wilmington Planning Commission. He remembers when Oleander Drive was just a two lane road, and he thinks transportation has become a problem throughout Wilmington. 


The extension of Independence Boulevard has been a high priority project since the 1960s.  But finding a way to gather funding—while also keeping it in line with federal guidelines, making sure it fits within the Wilmington community, and working around the CSX rail lines—has been a roadblock to the project.  

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation was unveiled last month, but this is just one of four long-term plans that the Governor has in mind.  Governor McCrory shared his broader strategy during the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s first annual Coastal Energy Summit.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Wilmington needs a better North-South route through the city. But City Council is not yet sold on the current proposal, which would extend Independence Boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Wilmington voters will decide on a 44 million dollar transportation bond this November. But what will this bond do? WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd spoke with Mike Kozlosky, Executive Director of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, regarding the bond, which would help fund projects totaling $55 million. 

IS: You’ve been here all today and for all of the meetings regarding this transportation bond. Have you seen a lot of citizens come out? What’s it been like?

City of Wilmington

Wilmington voters will decide whether to approve a 55 million dollar transportation bond this November.  WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports that the City of Wilmington is educating voters on the bond, which would fund improvements to increase traffic flow, safety, walkability, and bikability.  

NC Senate Candidates Debate the 2013 Mobility Formula

Sep 30, 2014
Wilmington Business Journal

Economic development experts say aging transportation systems are holding back growth in southeastern North Carolina.  The candidates for North Carolina’s Senate District 9, which encompasses most of New Hanover County, differ on whether the Mobility Formula is fair.