All About the WAVE
WAVE - Then and Now
The WAVE began as York County Jobs Connection (YCJC), initiated in June of 1997 as a result of the concerns of several Chambers of Commerce, representing approximately 3,000 businesses with a desperate need for workers to fill positions, and a variety of community resource agencies. A Steering Committee (listed below) identified the major barriers for workers seeking those positions: reliable transportation, available and affordable childcare, and training for employment skills.
YCJC Participating Agencies • Department of Health & Human Services, Bureau of Family Independence • Department of Labor, CareerCenter• Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce• Southern Maine Coast Tourism Association • Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission• Child Care Services of York County •Maine Department of Transportation• York County Community Action Corporation, Transportation Program
Initially, the YCJC Steering Committee conducted surveys of area businesses and their employment needs, and of individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Information on available childcare in the service area was also gathered. The information collected was critical for the development of the “WAVE" project, "Wheels to Access Vocation and Education", was designed to connect people to jobs in York County. Funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s “Job Access and Reverse Commute” competitive grant, matched with state and local monies, was obtained to initiate the service.
The expanded WAVE transportation system now provides needed access to jobs, training and other destinations in the Sanford area, the Route 109 corridor to Wells and the Route 111 corridor to Biddeford, along with connections to the Biddeford area businesses, the ZOOM Turnpike Express and the ShuttleBus (serving Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard, with connections to the Portland area). The WAVE provides service 7 days/week to several pick-up points in the greater Sanford area, along with door-to-door pick-ups, and transports riders to employment, training and general shopping. Beginning in the summer of 2000, The WAVE connected riders to locations along the seacoast, where they could transfer to the Shoreline Explorer, the network of local trolley and buses. See www.shorelineexplorer.com for additional information.
What Riders are Saying....
"I'm uncomfortable driving when the traveling is bad. I appreciate having a safe and comfortable ride to work. The drivers are wonderful and the price is right."
m.h. - Springvale
"Truly a lifesaver for me while my vehicle was being repaired"
m.f. - Wells
"I have 8 years riding the WAVE. This service works and the drivers are super!"
d.d. - Biddeford
"Without the WAVE, I probably couldn't attend the college in Wells."
j.c.. - Sanford
"Many things in my life change daily, but, I can count on the WAVE being there for me. Tremendous!"
s.m.. - Wells
"I couldn't drive to cardiac rehab...the WAVE saved me from imposing on my family and friends and saved on gas too! Convenient, efficient and relaxing. Thank You!"
m.w. - Springvale