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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — To most, the idea of having bus routes that could drop you off a few yards from water’s edge seems too good to be true, and it just might be. There may soon be bus routes to our area’s southern beaches if Wave Transit gets its way.

The executive director for Wave, Albert Eby, spoke to the Carolina Beach Town Council tonight about a plan to get bus routes from Monkey Junction to Pleasure Island.

Right now, the closest bus stop from Carolina Beach is in Monkey Junction by the Lowes and Wal-Mart, which Mary Schackner says is not worth the trouble to get to Pleasure Island.

“There’s people that can’t get there at all or haven’t been there in years because of the bus,” said Schackner. “If you’re having people over you can’t take them to the beach because who’s going to want to walk in that kind of heat for maybe three miles, four miles.”

To foot the bill for the new routes Wave Transit wants to add a $7 registration fee to New Hanover County residents who own vehicles.

Eby says the fee would add up to more than $1 million.

“We’ve estimated that the plan is going to cost anywhere from a little over $100,00 for seasonal service to both Pleasure Island and Wrightsville Beach and a little over $200,000 for a year round service,” said Eby.

He says the extra money left over from the registration fees will be used to offset future capital purchases, like new hybrid buses.

However, Eby says right now the plan is just a plan. He says implementing it will mean getting the approval of several different people.

“That would be up to not only the town commissions as well as the school board and some of these other folks in supporting resolutions, but it would ultimately come down to New Hanover County Commissioners,” said Eby.

The Carolina Beach Town Council decided that a public hearing on the bus routes to Pleasure Island beaches would be held before any decisions are made. Eby says he plans to speak to the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen on Thursday.

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32 Comments on "Bus routes to beaches may be too good to be true"

2015 years 10 months ago

Attend your town and county commission meetings to voice your discord of this concept!!!

I’m sick and tired of the government constantly reaching into my pocket to pay for more entitlements! Having responsible drivers that don’t even use the bus to pay another $7.00 to fund beach trips for the lazy and new busses for the WAVE system is another snatch, grab and run of OUR money. If a person wants to go to the beach, then pay your own way to go like the rest of society. This era of FREE S**T has got to come to an end. Next they will be funding limosine service to get the riders from the bus stop to the sand. You don’t really think they will WALK do you?

They want to generate 1 million dollars of revenue to fund 100K, maybe 200K worth of annual service? That leaves $900,000.00 so that WAVE can “…offset capital purchases, like hybrid busses.”

This is a bunch of HorseHooie! WAVE, if you can’t seem to operate as a self-sustaining business, then raise your fares or close your damn doors! The Free-Ride is over!

2015 years 10 months ago

be self sufficent. Why should every vehicle registered in NH County be subject to an additional fee?

If that means a $20 fare, so be it. This subsidized living attitude needs to end. Going to the Beach is a want not a necessity.

Have they missed the news items on a possible second recession?

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2015 years 10 months ago

I am so glad I moved out of NHC.

Really this is all a ruse for WAVE to make a million extra bucks a year.

Even worse Wrightsville Beach Barney’s wont be able to read the license plates of criminals if they are all on a bus.

Anyone who wishes to get to the beach should save their pennies and get their own transportation and stop expecting TAX payers to give them something they didnt earn.

2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t like the idea of increasing vehicle registration fees to pay for this. In my opinion the revenue should come from the towns that are benefiting from the bus service and/or the people using the service. Finally, the money needed to purchase hybrids should come from the County budget, not from drivers that do not use the bus.

2015 years 10 months ago

I sent an E-mail to all commissioners and Mr. Eby with a carbon copy going to both WWAY & WECT asking them to explain to me as a vehicle owner why is it my responsibility to pay for others to go to the beach. Jason Thompson was first to respond in his usual short manner. I had to reply to him to ask for clarification as to if he supported this measure and if the citizens would get to vote on it or if it would only be the commissioners. He said he doesn’t support it and only commissioners would get to vote. Then Brian Berger responded and stated he was about 95% opposed to the additional tax but wants to hear from both sides before locking in against it. Mr. Eby also responded with documentation showing county commissioners had the power to implement this tax. Commissioners Ted Davis, Rick Catlin and Jonathan Barfield haven’t responded yet.

Unless you want to pay for others to go to the beach, call or e-mail each commissioner.

Barfield: jbarfield@nhcgov.com 233-8780
Thompson: jthompson@nhcgov.com 798-7260
Davis: tdavis@nhcgov.com 313-0755
Berger: bberger@nhcgov.com 431-3115
Catlin: rcatlin@nhcgov.com 452-5861

Albert Eby
Executive Director WAVE: aeby@wavetransit.com 202-2035


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