Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan recently helped Wilmington, North Carolina officials celebrate the grand opening of Wave Transit’s new Forden station. 70 percent of the funding for the $5.3 million project, including $600,000 in Recovery Act funds, was provided by the FTA.
The modern facility features many energy-efficient and innovative technology systems and has earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for the energy efficient design & technologies:
- The facility features energy-saving geothermal heating and cooling units connected to 22 wells below the earth that maintain the building at a constant temperature year-round.
- WAVE now provides Wilmington transit riders with real-time information on bus arrivals and departures in many ways. Hooks Systems of Wilmington, NC, installed Energy-efficient computers and servers including servers to gather and display arrival/departure data from the WAVE buses’ GPS navigation systems as well as public wi-fi for customers waiting in the spacious welcome area.
- Large wall monitors installed by Sound Decisions of Wilmington display arrival/departure data and other information of local interest. The GPS location and speed information is transmitted by cellular data links from each bus back to the WAVE servers.
- A program designed by Mobile Education, LLC, of Wilmington, then translates the data so that arrival/departure times can be displayed on smart phones, by text message, LED monitors above the bus loading bays and on the wall monitors inside the building.
- LED lighting is used exclusively to light the exterior of the new WAVE facility. The building also features motion sensors inside to further reduce energy consumption.
- WAVE Transit also introduced diesel-hybrid buses to its fleet last year to further reduce fuel costs and emissions.
WAVE’s new Energy Saving and Environmentally-friendly project is highlighted in U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s blog, “The Fast Lane”.