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Why do Wave buses sit for extended times on Independence Boulevard by the mall?

Julian March
StarNews
Wave Transit bus

Wave Transit is developing a Short-Range Transit Plan that could provide other options for this transfer point. (StarNews file photo)

Matthew Kunic, Wave Transit’s director of planning and development, said:

“Wave Transit buses do not sit for extended periods of time on Independence Boulevard adjacent to Independence Mall. This particular bus stop location is a major transfer point, whereas Wave Transit buses are scheduled to convene at this location to briefly transfer passengers between bus routes. A limited number of buses are allowed to use mall property; therefore, Independence Boulevard is used for this major transfer point. Wave Transit is currently developing a Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) that could provide other options for this particular transfer point in the future.”

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5 Responses to “ Why do Wave buses sit for extended times on Independence Boulevard by the mall?”

  1. On January 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm Richard wrote:

    With all due respect to Mr. Kunic, the definition many people use for “extended period” may differ from Mr. Kunic’s definition.

  2. On January 19, 2012 at 2:41 am Really Wilmington wrote:

    These buses stopped (no matter the time length) in the road are a real danger to motorist safety and the people waiting for buses. I travel by this location every morning during the week and have witnessed several “close calls” due to drivers swerving at the last minute to dodge a parked bus only to leave the motorists driving 45 mph behind them with a reduced reaction time to avoid hitting an immovable object 3 or more times the size of the vehicle they are traveling in! This location was a BAD decision for a “major transfer point” and I hope that whoever made it can live with themselves when it gets someone killed.

    In my opinion the buses are stopped WAY too long here and are typically stacked two deep when I go by between 8:00 & 8:30am so if that’s not an extended time I’m not sure what is?

  3. On January 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm Jay wrote:

    Those commenting negatively on this issue do not know the history of this bus stop, nor do they seem to have any understanding of public transit or those who use it. Their need to drive 45mph during the peak hour is not the highest community priority, nor should it be.

  4. On June 8, 2012 at 6:35 am Charles wrote:

    “A limited number of buses are allowed to use mall property” but it is okay for buses to have to make a u-turn on Independence at an intersection not well designed for buses to make a u-turn? Perhaps the WAVE directors need to sit down with the mall directors and rethink why a limited number of buses are allowed on property. What is the mall afraid of?

  5. On July 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm Really Wilmington wrote:

    Since my post back in January I’ve noticed buses sitting for extended time on numerous occasions at the bus stop at Independence Mall on Independence Blvd. Last Saturday I drove by and noticed the driver standing out side the bus talking on the phone. I had time and was able to turn into the mall and pull up next to him in the parking lot and shoot his picture while he was on the phone. This was at least 2-3 minutes of time that he was on the phone. I don’t know what Matthew Kunic (Wave Transit’s Director of Planning and Development) considers an extended period of time but I consider extended being any longer than it takes to safely get passengers on and off the bus at this stop. Now I also understand it is illegal to park in the street and I would assume the definition of parked is putting the vehicle in park and leaving the vehicle unattended completely in a lane of traffic. I know of several cases where people have been given tickets after their vehicle was hit because it was parked (in some portion) in the street. This is a serious and dangerous act and it needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt or killed here. Here’s a link to my photo from Saturday – pic.twitter.com/uYhLX64B The bus had a number on it of 502.



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