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Commissioner looking for ways to pay for Wave

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Paying for Wave transit could hit your wallet a little harder, even if you do not ride the bus. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is looking for your help on how to fix yet another budget shortfall. Barfield says the importance of the Wave Transit system is sometimes underestimated.

In Barfield's eNewsletter sent out last week, he proposes two ideas on how to make ends meet for the transit system's financial shortfalls. One is a $7 vehicle registration fee. The other is a quarter-cent sales tax increase. Barfield says he does not support either revenue stream yet. He says his mission right now is to hear from the community on how they think the budget problem should be solved.

"I'll tell you that our ridership is extremely high," Barfield said. "We always get a lot of comments that people say they don't see people on the buses, but I think it depends on what time of the day you're looking at but also on the routes you're looking at, because our numbers are through the roof in terms of that."

Barfield says using the Wave buses is not only a great way to go green but also helps with the wear and tear of our roads. Today Barfield said another solution could be a fare hike, but many Wave riders we talked with today said they do not like that idea, because it would hit them hard.

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