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ONLY ON 3: New bus company to offer late-night routes between downtown, UNCW


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new bus company is trying to get more people downtown and says it's willing to go the extra mile to get you there.

The new company Wilmington Transit is still in the planning stages, but founders say the route will be up and running by the end of March.

Although the routes have not been finalized yet, the company says it will connect major apartment communities, UNCW and downtown Wilmington from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Right now, Wave Transit does not offer transportation after 9:30 p.m. from the university. That's why the new company says it thinks the new routes are needed in Wilmington. Potential riders agree.

"I think that will be very good, because people do have to do things at certain times of night like jobs, they may have to work somewhere and for other reasons," Antonio Auther, who's excited about the bus service, said. "They may have to go to friend's house and other things of that nature."

Wilmington Transit says it is working with Bring It! Downtown to promote safe and affordable fun.

Prices and specifics routes have not been set yet, but organizers, who did not want to go on camera, say the service will cut down on DWIs and other traffic violations as well.

The company is trying to gauge the level of interest in the idea, and says so far it has seen a lot of positive feedback.

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Never happen

Companies, including Wave Transit, have floated this trial balloon multiple times before, and it has failed every time. The liabilities alone will prevent any private company from stepping up to make this successful, regardless of how much they coordinate with Wave Transit. Not to mention the protests from local taxi companies who have to pay a premium to do business in downtown Wilmington. You'd have better luck busing public housing residents to Wrightsville Beach on the weekends - mark my words.

I think this is a great

I think this is a great idea. It will not only cut down on DUIs and other traffic violations but will bring more people downtown to enjoy shopping and dinning.

What's the issue? ^^

This service is exactly what UNCW needs on the weekends. Kids are going to drink regardless if there is a safe ride or not. This service gives them the option to make it back without the risk of killing themselves or others.

Yes, Downtown has bars, what's new? I, along with many other young professionals throughly enjoy Downtowns vibrant night on the weekend. Demonizing the VAST majority of people who enjoy the bars and entertainment without causing trouble is a wrongheaded approach. Would you prefer that Downtown becomes a dead zone past 9:30pm?


"Would you prefer that Downtown becomes a dead zone past 9:30pm?"

Since we don't have anything else happening - yes - YES I would prefer a dead zone at night.

Lets review society's ills and how little innocent statements lead to other things:

"All kids will drink"

"Everyone is getting a hold of guns"
"Everyone smokes pot"
"all kids have sex"

Now you EXPECT someone to take responsibility for the after affects of all of this rather than take the responsibility yourself.

Congratulations you just put yourself in Paul Ryans group of "takers".


Weird... I don't remember

Weird... I don't remember there being much of a nightclub crowd downtown between 6pm-10pm. Just people spending money at shops and restaurants and not dealing with downtown's parking issues. I'm also not sure how a transit bus system encourages anyone to buy a gun or smoke pot.

I think it's a great idea

I think it's a great idea and the fact that they will start at 6pm is awesome for people like me that would like to head DT for dinner and a few drinks and head home around 8-9pm safely. Even one drink is one to many to get behind the wheel. Great idea!

From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m on Friday and Saturday night?

Sounds like a great opportunity for UNCW to advertise upcoming events on the mandatory barf bags that will be dispensed on all return trips from Drunkington.

That 2 a.m. bus driver should get combat pay.


Sounds like a great service doesn't it?
Check this out from the story:
"Wilmington Transit says it is working with Bring It! Downtown to promote safe and affordable fun."
Safe affordable fun. Sounds great - sounds like the baseball crowd with family entertainment.
Now you get to the real story in the next line:

"...but organizers, who did not want to go on camera, say the service will cut down on DWIs and other traffic violations as well."

So, let's call it what it really is - a blatant attempt to keep drunk college kids from getting behind the wheel. Thats great - but at least be honest about it.
And Bring it! Dowtown? You folks are tacitly admitting that this is what downtown is all about aren't you? By getting involved in this you are proving beyond any show of doubt, that down town is for drinking - especially after 9:30 pm on friday and saturday nights.

Why can't you guys be honest - I mean REALLY? Just say it : "This service will help prevent accident and injury caused by drunks coming out of our down town area that is over populated by drinking establishments.