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What is the minimum setback for bus stop benches at stops served by Wave?

John Peaspanen

Q. What is the minimum setback for bus stop benches at stops served by Wave? The bench at the Creekwood Apartments, at the intersection of Dawson Street and Wrightsville Avenue, seems very close to the road.

A. According to Matthew Kunic, director of planning and development for Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (Wave Transit), the placement of bus stop benches is no small undertaking and involves specific minimum requirements.

First, after recognizing a need for a bus stop, Wave Transit must adhere to local and federal requirements before creating one.

“Bench and/or shelter locations are chosen to be placed at certain bus stops, based on passenger counts that warrant an amenity,” said Kunic. “Since NCDOT or the City of Wilmington owns the rights-of-way in New Hanover County, an encroachment agreement must be submitted to the respective entity and approved prior to installing a bench or shelter to ensure it is in compliance.”

Once approval is obtained for the location, any stop must adhere to the parameters set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

According to the ADA, “Bus stop boarding and alighting areas shall provide a clear length of 96 inches minimum, measured perpendicular to the curb or vehicle roadway edge, and a clear width of 60 inches minimum, measured parallel to the vehicle roadway.”

In other words, all Wave benches must meet minimum requirements and should not be any closer than 96 inches to the road.

And not all benches are the result of this Wave process. Kunic said, “While there are benches and shelters installed throughout the Wave Transit service area, some of them were installed by Wilmington Transit Authority (prior to 2004) and others by Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, when NHC Transportation and Wilmington Transit Authority formed the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (in 2004).”


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