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Wave Transit offers free rides to the polls on Election Day

Wave Transit will run its regular routes and fixed schedules for free for folks headed to the polls on Tuesday, and will have its Paratransit and RideMICRO programs available to schedule for free. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands)

WILMINGTON — Tuesday, Nov. 2, is Election Day in New Hanover County, with multiple municipal races taking place for town and city councils, as well as mayor. Wave Transit announced it will not be charging for either the fixed-route bus or Paratransit services — Port City Trolley and RideMICRO are offered free already — to help riders cast their ballots.

Wave’s board of directors voted unanimously to lift the fares to break down any barriers, including affordable transportation, that may prevent voters from making it to the polls. The buses and the free trolley will run according to fixed routes and schedules. Passengers will need to make advance appointments for the Parantransit or RideMICRO services. RideMICRO operates Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., and  4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Wave launches tri-county ride-sharing microtransit service, free for first month

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Face-coverings are required on all public transportation routes per the New Hanover County mask mandate. Folks needing help scheduling a ride can reach out to a Wave Transit customer service representative at (910) 343-0106 or send an email to

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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