The “WAVE” in Wave Transit doesn’t stand for “We Are Very Empty.” (Critics of the bus system like to point out that they often see empty buses driving around).
And it doesn’t stand for “Wilmington Area” anything. In fact, WAVE isn’t an acronym.
In December 2002, the Wilmington Transit Authority adopted the name Wave, as well as a new logo and color scheme.
Wave is a reflection of the coastal area of New Hanover County that it serves. It’s name was adopted as part of a marketing plan to give it greater name recognition and “positively represent public transportation in the Cape Fear region,” according to WaveTransit.com.
And no, you’re not supposed to “wave” to flag down a bus. Buses are only supposed to pick up passengers at regular stops. But you can wave to flag down the Downtown Trolley, which transports riders through downtown Wilmington for free.
The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority oversees Wave Transit, which provides buses, trolleys and other transportation services.
Date posted: May 19, 2009
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