Council to fund part of Wave budget

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Submitted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:18am
Updated: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:04pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to fund part of the transit authority’s operating budget.

Council approved a resolution that will pay eight percent of Wave Transit’s fund balance over the next two fiscal years.

The county will also pitch in eight percent during that time.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    treat it like a private sector enterprise. Set rates @ a level which allows the Authority to break even and fund future service needs without a public subsidy.

    Eliminate routes which are not used or have limited passenger traffic.

    A total of 16% being subsidized.

    If First Responders want a raise; here’s a source of partial funding.

  • Vog46 says:

    IF it was treated like a private enterprise it wouldn’t be here.
    Wilmington just isn’t big enough and the residents would rather drive in their cars then ride public or private mass transit.

    I do agree that some routes could be eliminated. Other routes could use vans.
    But on the whole? I doubt a private enterprise would want to operate a system here….


  • 10101 says:

    Regardless of how much funding WAVE acquires, it’ll remain the bottomless pit it currently is because no one in WAVE management has the guts or the creativity to trim the waste.

    It’s not exactly rocket science; use smaller busses (vans) in some instances and get rid of useless routes, like the one to Carolina Beach.

    Apparently some politicians and bureaucrats are so used to their old tax and spend philosophy, they can’t even think beyond it. Sooner or later there’s going to be a day when even these morons are going to realize that money doesn’t grow on trees.

  • guesty says:

    How long has AMTRAK been receiving government funding and still can’t break even? Why should tax money be used to run a business? If the buses can’t support themselves by what they charge, time to change what they charge, use appropriate size vehicles or shut it down.

  • 1234543 says:

    awful nice of council to foot the bill out of their pockets, oh wait, they are footing the bills out of the taxpayer pockets! me thinks this stinks!!!

  • this is bull says:

    Well, according to my research wave transit had a budget of $7,965,878 for the 2013 fiscal year…so the city and county both will pay $637,270.24 or combined $1,274,540.48. So the city’s 1 cent tax raise will help fund this too, as well as whatever hotel lawsuit that is bound to happen…

  • SurfCityTom says:

    in that case, do away with it. Auction off the equipment; help the soon to be displaced drivers find work driving cabs; and save the taxpayers some revenue.

  • Vog46 says:

    but it’s not the root cause of the problems here
    We THINK that we want to be a big city but the we:
    Complain abut increased traffic
    Complain about no parking, anywhere or expensive parking everywhere
    Complain about tourists ruining OUR beaches
    Complain about northerners moving down here
    And a host of other complaints.

    that said – growth is something that can’t be stopped. If you run out of space just build higher buildings !!
    We don’t have the population density needed to support mass transit system – yet. What is also interesting is that a lot of company’s still “lump” mass transit into that ambiguous “infrastructure” they look at when selecting cities for their facilities.
    I’m NOT ready to do away with WAVE just yet – but massive changes should happen and soon…….


  • jj says:

    I have rode the buses at times and I am surprised that WAVE is still using these large costly buses. I rode from the Sunset Park area to the Target area and there was a total of 6 people that got on and off the bus. That wasn’t enough to pay the drivers hourly wage. There is so much waste in keeping the larger buses running.

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