City breaks ground on long-awaited transit center


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been in the works since the 1990s.

City leaders finally broke ground Thursday on a downtown Wilmington project that will be quite different than what was originally planned.

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The initial vision for the multimodal transit center started with rail service between Raleigh and Wilmington.

Now, the new facility at North Third and Campbell streets will include a Wave Transit Administration Office and slips for 11 buses.

The estimated cost of $2.4 million grew to $4.1 million after changes to the original plan.

Wave Transit Chair Beck Smith says this is a great first step.

“We were able to get the buses off 2nd Street, provide a great anchor location and really a stepping stone to plan toward the future, if and when local rail and inter-city rail might happen,” Beck said. “In the meantime, we have a great facility.”

Smith says this new transportation center will be safer for both riders and drivers.