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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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2016 years 2 months ago

Let’s be real. You know as well as I do that, if this comes to be, the desination will be only Carolina Beach. Why, the elitist WB-ers would NEVER stand for a bus load of inner city people to be dropped of to roam around “their” island.

2016 years 2 months ago

Not a bad idea and I would pay $10 round trip if I could strap my board somewhere and get dropped off at WB for the day. They should run it and one downtown till 3am…might keep the stupid drunks as well. That said make it pay for itself. When I lived in Philly if you took Septa, Patco or NJT, the further out you went, the more you paid. NJT would drop you off in Atlantic City or Asbury Park for around $15 round trip. Make downtown zone 1 Mayfair zone 2 WB zone 3… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

yes, I hate being nickel/dimed like the next person, it’s something that will never end. That said, our public transportation system is terrible. Go to Europe, they did it right. This should have been implemented when WAVE began. Who didn’t think of that? The beach is a major area/attraction, hello. Just another display of leadership’s lack of forward thinking. Now go back to the drawing board and figure out a different way to pay for it.

2016 years 2 months ago

I’m not meaning this as a criticism, so please don’t take it as such, but I’m curious. Since you moved out of NHC and are no longer a citizen here, why do you comment so much on what goes on in the city/county? It doesn’t even affect you, so I’m just curious as to why you even care. Not interesting enough news in your current county? Or do just old habits die hard?

2016 years 2 months ago

Being on Wrightsville Beach already makes one think they are standing as a tourist on a beach in Mexico with all the illegals that visit there. Maybe that can be a new moniker for Wrightsville Beach. You DO need help you know?

“Come play at Wrightsville Beach, you’ll feel just like you’re in Cozumel!”

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