Wave Transit provides passenger amenities (benches, shelters, and waste receptacles) at bus stop locations that have deomnstrated high ridership or meet the criteria for amenities that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. It would be ideal to have a bench and/or shelter at all bus stop locations in our service area, but unfortunately, there are many obstacles which prevent this from happening:
When installing a bench or shelter, a bus stop must have an adjacent sidewalk, crosswalk, and curb cut to the location. Many of the right-of-way locations in the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County do not provide sidewalks and connectivity alongside roadways, preventing Wave Transit from installing any amenities at these locations.
Wave Transit does not own right-of-ways (ROW's) along roadways. ROW's are owned by the City of Wilmington or the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Prior to installing an amenity, Wave Transit must have approval of encroachment from the respective owner for installation of both a concrete pad and amenity. Often times, this involves working with many departments within the city and NCDOT, and the process can be very lengthy depending on the logistics involved.
Wave Transit purchases benches and shelters using available funds for these items. While we strive to make funds available for these amenities, we must seek amenity funding through grants and other sources. Wave Transit has been proactive in securing shelter/bench locations throughout the area. We also have an amenities program that works with local businesses to donate a portion of their property behind a nearby sidewalk and behind the ROW line at a given location for placement of a bench or shelter, thus circumventing the process of obtaining a ROW encroachment. We encourage interested parties to contact us regarding the program if you would like to be a partner with Wave Transit to provide locations for benches and shelters within our service area. – less–ZoomInfo