Wave http://whqr.org en WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date http://whqr.org/post/wave-transit-likely-extend-endangered-bus-routes-closure-date <p>Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:52:06 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 43363 at http://whqr.org WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date Public transportation destination: What the future holds http://whqr.org/post/public-transportation-destination-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Each weekday, there are more than 520,000 trips** on the region’s road network.</strong> This includes traffic from </span>Pender<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. By 2040 that number is projected to <em>double</em>. That’s according to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, the agency responsible for regional transportation planning. As public transit agencies like Wave Transit struggle to stretch smaller budgets </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">and</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> improve service,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;it might be up to the community to choose its own transportation destiny.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:59:45 +0000 Sara Wood & John Mortara 38419 at http://whqr.org Public transportation destination: What the future holds The cost of Wave Transit: What fuels your ride? http://whqr.org/post/cost-wave-transit-what-fuels-your-ride <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you build it, they will come. But before that happens, someone has to pay to put it together. The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County combined transportation forces to form Wave Transit almost a decade ago. The authority was set up on its own, independent of both city and county government. It also started with no cash balance, meaning no money in the bank. In part 2 of a series on Wave Transit, we explore&nbsp;the financial woes of the agency.</span></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:59:46 +0000 Sara Wood & John Mortara 38061 at http://whqr.org The cost of Wave Transit: What fuels your ride? Wave Transit and the passenger: A modern chicken & egg story http://whqr.org/post/wave-transit-and-passenger-modern-chicken-egg-story <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s late Tuesday morning. I’m standing in front of Carolina </span>Farmin’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Market Street, waiting for the 108 bus. I’ve never taken the bus because I drive everywhere, even though there’s a bus stop 7 minutes from my house. I’m considered a <strong>choice rider</strong> – I don’t have to ride, but I choose to. Here’s what I’ve noticed about the bus as a person who never takes the bus: it looks difficult and inconvenient. There aren’t a lot of bus shelters or sidewalks. Sometimes I see passengers hurling their bodies across busy streets. Sometimes buses look empty. I pay my $2 fare, and climb aboard. I count about 10 passengers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m headed to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forden</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Station, Wave’s main terminal located near Corning, and I meet <strong>Brian&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Creech</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and <strong>David Brewer</strong>.</span></p><p></p><p>Both are considered <strong>transit-dependent</strong> -- they rely on the bus to get everywhere. Both are on their way to Vocational Rehab orientation on Randall Parkway. They’re going to learn about job training and placement. David says he planned his trip an hour in advance. He doesn’t have a car, but says the bus isn’t so bad.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sara Wood 37569 at http://whqr.org Wave Transit and the passenger: A modern chicken & egg story