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Wave Transit updates routes, waives fares in the wake of Covid-19 [Free read]

A lawsuit filed in New Hanover County Superior Court alleges a man on a moped was struck by a WAVE bus driver as she crossed the center line. (Port City Daily photo / UNCW)
Wave Transit changes have been implemented in response to COVID-19 (Port City Daily photo / UNCW)

WILMINGTON — There are few aspects of life that the novel coronavirus has not affected. Public transit in Wilmington has had to adjust in this time of crisis and Wave Transit routes have been updated as a result of that.

For now, fixed bus routes will continue to operate according to their posted schedules, but the UNCW Seahawk Shuttle service has been suspended indefinitely.

“Additional measures to further minimize the risk of contraction and spread of COVID-19 to customers and employees will be implemented. Effective Wednesday, March 25th until further notice, transfer facilities will close to the public. Customers will be able to wait for a bus outside, under covered shelter at both transfer centers, Forden Station and Padgett Station; however, facilities will close to the public,” according to a Wave Transit press release.

For those catching a Greyhound bus, customers will be allowed inside Forden Station between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Monday — Sunday, for tickets and baggage transactions only.

“Effective Wednesday, March 25th until further notice, Wave Transit will also suspend fare collection for all fixed-route bus service. Boardings will be moved to the rear door of buses. Front door access will be reserved for people with disabilities. Fares for Wave’s ADA accessible van service have not been suspended. Tickets for ADA accessible van service will remain available at Forden Station through advanced reservations. Ticket reservations can be made by calling 343-0106,” according to the release.

Wave is also taking extra steps to ensure sanitation on the busses during this time of crisis.

“The disinfecting regiment implemented for all vehicles remains in effect. In addition to routine cleaning, all vehicles used for service will be disinfected daily. The disinfectant agent used and fogging application method is consistent with CDC recommendations and practices implemented by public transit agencies in the industry,” according to the release.

The crisis is an ongoing and ever-changing event so future schedule changes could happen.

“Efforts to keep personnel, customers and our community partners informed as we navigate this health crisis remain ongoing. Changes in service schedules may result as this issue evolves. Customers can consult the homepage of our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on service changes and office closures,” the release concludes.

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