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Wilson Transit System

General Information

Call 252-291-2850 Monday – Friday 6:00.a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Title VI Statement

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Wilson Transit System does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or on the basis of disability or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits of any of its programs and activities or in employment therein, whether carried out by Wilson Transit System directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom Wilson Transit System arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the acts. Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84, and 91. (Other Federal Laws and Regulations provide similar protection against discrimination on grounds of sex and creed.)

In case of questions concerning this policy, or in the event of a desire to file a complaint alleging violations of the above, please contact the Wilson Transit System Office at 252-399-2488.

*Complaints must be filed in writing or in person no later than 180 days after the alleged act of discrimination occurred to, Transportation Manager, Wilson Transit System, 320 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893 or PO Box 10, Wilson, NC 27894


  • Please have your EXACT FARE, ID CARD OR PASS ready before boarding the bus. Bus drivers carry no money and cannot make change.
  • If you do not show your ID card or pass upon boarding, you will be required to pay the full fare.
  • If you need a TRANSFER, ask the driver when you pay your fare.


  • Wait by a bus stop sign. Signal the driver to make sure you are seen.
  • Check the sign over the bus windshield for your route name.


  • Please, No Smoking, Drinking, Eating or Playing Radios without earphones on the bus.
  • Except to ask information, do not talk to the bus drivers; they must concentrate on driving.
  • After paying your fare, move towards the rear of the bus. Please hold on to grab rails or seat backs
  • Please leave front seats available for Senior Citizens and disabled passengers.
  • Help us stay tidy. Please use trash containers at the front of each bus.
  • In case of a dispute with a driver, please pay the fare and call 252-291-2850. We will resolve the problem.
  • If you have questions while riding a Wilson Transit bus, please ask the bus drivers when they stop driving.
  • If you should lose anything while riding a Wilson Transit bus, you may call 252-291-2850 to see if it was turned into the driver.


  • Pull the bell cord at least one block before your stop. Remain seated until bus comes to a full stop.
  • Use the rear exit door, so boarding passengers can use the front door.
  • Buses will discharge passengers only at marked bus stops.
  • DO NOT cross the street in front of the bus.


It may be necessary to use two or more routes to complete your trip. To do this, you will need a transfer. Please remember the following rules:

  • You must ask the driver for a transfer when you pay your fare. Transfers will not be issued at any other time during your trip. You cannot obtain one when you are exiting.
  • The transfer will have an expiration time on it. It expires when your connecting bus leaves the transfer point.
  • When you request a transfer, the driver will notify the other bus so that you will be assured of making your connection.
  • Transfers can be accepted only at designated Transfer Points.
  • If your bus is delayed, and you miss your transfer, the driver will make arrangements to help you complete your trip.
  • When you board the second bus, give your transfer to the driver.
  • Transfers are not valid for making a round trip. For example, you may not ride the bus downtown, shop for 30 minutes and use the transfer to return home.
  • Transfers may not be sold or given away.


Wilson Transit System does not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the following Day.



  • Regular Adult Fare: $1.25
  • Senior Citizens (Wilson Transit Issued Identification Card Required): Donation Requested
  • Disabled (Wilson Transit Issued Identification Card Required): 65 Cents
  • Students (College or High School Identification Card Required): 65 Cents
  • Children (5 years old and under): Free(Maximum 3 children per adult)
  • Paratransit Service (On contracted Vehicles): $1.25

bus_route_guide@2xWilson Transit Issued Identification Cards and applications for cards are available free at the Wilson Transit Office, 320 E. Nash Street Wilson, NC

Multi-Ride Passes (You may buy passes at the payment counter, City Municipal Building)

  • Flash Pass (One Week Unlimited Rides): $13.00
  • 20-Ride ADULT Fare Pass: $22.00
  • 20-Ride REDUCED Fare Pass: $13.00

Special Services

Taxi Shuttle

Weekday only: 6:50a.m. – 5:00p.m. Service is provided to certain areas by request only. Some restrictions apply. Ask your bus driver or call 252.291.2850 for information or to request service.

Paratransit Services

Lift-equipped paratransit service is available to those unable to access our regular fixed route service. Some restrictions apply and pre-approval is required. Call 252-291-2850 for more information or to request an application.

Dial-a-Ride (DAR) Service

Service provided at times noted on the above schedule with a DAR are provided by request only. To arrange for service, all 252-291-2850 at least thirty minutes before you wish to leave. A Wilson Transit vehicle will pick you up and take you to your destination. You must be within 1/4 mile of a fixed route to qualify for service. Call 252-291-2850 for more information.

Bus Downloads

Wilson Industrial Air Center

To get in touch with us, please contact the Transportation office at 252-399-2489 or the airport 252-991-6336.

Are you looking for a business location in the southeast with airport taxi-way access to your facility? The Wilson Industrial Air Center in your logical destination.

In today’s market, the successful business is keenly aware of the importance of logistics in ensuring a profitable bottom line. Exporting product and importing supplies is crucial to keeping production lines efficient and timely. Considering Wilson’s central location, pro-business climate, and outstanding airport facilities, it is obvious that Wilson Industrial Air Center is the logical destination.

Located five miles from I-95, Wilson Industrial Air Center offers onsite industrial lots with taxi-way access available for immediate development. Zoned for light industrial, a flexible site plan has been developed for the Air Center. With three 4,500-foot runways, one of which is lighted, the airport is used extensively by industrial, commercial, governmental, medical, law enforcement, military and recreational aircraft.

Existing businesses in Wilson County appreciate the proximity of the Wilson Industrial Air Center. “The time and money we save by taking our corporate airplane from our headquarters in Goshen, Indiana directly to Wilson really adds up,” according to Gene Wilson, plant manager of GNC Corporation in Wilson, NC. “Our corporate executives visit our facility often. They frequently arrive by plane at the Air Center. It certainly is a plus to have the airport so close by.”

Former Governor Jim Hunt agrees, “As competition for industrial recruitment gets tougher, those communities that work the hardest to build strong economies will be the big winners. My hometown of Wilson is a great place to do business. It offers companies nearly anything they are looking for.”

Frequently the North Carolina Department of Commerce uses the facility to bring industrial prospects to visit Wilson. Aerial tours of sites and buildings, as well as of the city itself, are taken from the Air Center.

“The Wilson Industrial Air Center,” Hunt added, “is a tremendous asset for this community and a benefit to any company that locates here.

Transportation and Pro-Business Climate

  • region_circlesNorth Carolina served by largest system of toll-free state maintained roads.
  • Region served by I-95, US 264 and I-40
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport serviced by Air South, American, Continental, Delta, Midway, Northwest, TWA, US Air, United and Canadian Air Lines
  • Four ports available within a three hour drive.
  • Rail service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX
  • Close proximity to major freight carriers

Pro-Business Climate

  • Low taxes – no inventory tax
  • Low workers compensation rates
  • Lowest construction costs in the nation
  • “Right to Work” state
  • Less than 1% of firms are unionized
  • Strong financial center of the SouthEast
  • Labor draw of 300,000 within 30 minutes
  • Industrial training and customized classes for existing industry

FAA Information


FAA Identifier: W03
Lat/Long: 35-46-13.465N / 077-58-11.249W
35-46.22442N / 077-58.18748W
35.7704069 / -77.9697914
Elevation: 161 ft. / 49.1 m (surveyed)
Variation: 08W (1985)
From city: 3 miles N of WILSON, NC

Airport Operations

Airport use: Open to the public
Sectional chart: CHARLOTTE
Control tower: no
NOTAMs facility: RDU (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: 0800-1800
Wind indicator: lighted
Segmented circle: no
Beacon: white-green (lighted land airport)

Airport Communications

WX ASOS at RWI (6 nm NE): 118.875 (252-446-0732)
WX AWOS-3 at GWW (19 nm S): 118.975 (919-731-4473)

Airport Services

Fuel available: 100LL JET-A
Parking: hangars and tiedowns

Runway Information

Runway 3/21

Dimensions: 4500 x 150 ft. / 1372 x 46 m
Surface: asphalt, in fair condition
Weight limitations: Single wheel: 20000 lbs
Runway edge lights: medium intensity

Latitude: 35-45.83443N 35-46.47350N
Longitude: 077-58.27295W 077-57.81082W
Elevation: 156.4 ft. 155.8 ft.
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 039 magnetic, 031 true 219 magnetic, 211 true
Markings: nonprecision, in good condition nonprecision, in good condition
Visual slope indicator: 2-light PAPI on left (3.54 degrees glide path) 2-light PAPI on left (3.81 degrees glide path)
Runway end identifier lights: yes yes
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights
Obstructions: 21 ft. trees, 480 ft. from runway, 370 ft. left of centerline, 13:1 slope to clear 70 ft. trees, 3500 ft. from runway, 240 ft. right of centerline, 47:1 slope to clear

Runway 9/27

Dimensions: 4500 x 150 ft. / 1372 x 46 m
Surface: asphalt, in fair condition
Weight limitations: Single wheel: 20000 lbs

Latitude: 35-46.40775N 35-46.40135N
Longitude: 077-58.61063W 077-57.70052W
Elevation: 159.7 ft. 155.8 ft.
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 098 magnetic, 090 true 278 magnetic, 270 true
Markings: basic, in good condition basic, in good condition
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights
Obstructions: 52 ft. trees, 700 ft. from runway, 9:1 slope to clear 64 ft. trees, 798 ft. from runway, 9:1 slope to clear

Runway 15/33

Dimensions: 4499 x 150 ft. / 1371 x 46 m
Surface: asphalt, in fair condition
Weight limitations: Single wheel: 20000 lbs

Latitude: 35-46.43598N 35-45.79075N
Longitude: 077-58.59008W 077-58.14173W
Elevation: 160.7 ft. 151.9 ft.
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 159 magnetic, 151 true 339 magnetic, 331 true
Markings: basic, in good condition basic, in good condition
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights
Obstructions: 33 ft. trees, 400 ft. from runway, 130 ft. left of centerline, 6:1 slope to clear 24 ft. trees, 500 ft. from runway, 12:1 slope to clear

Airport Operational Statistics

  • wiac_overhead_runwayAircraft based on the field: 28
  • Single engine airplanes: 21
  • Multi engine airplanes: 5
  • Jet airplanes: 1
  • Ultralights: 1
  • Aircraft operations: avg 49/day
  • 50% transient general aviation
  • 39% local general aviation
  • 6% air taxi
  • 6% military


The Wilson Industrial Air Center was developed during WWII as an outlying field to the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC for the purpose of training naval aviators on the T-6 Texan Trainer. Its three runway design was important to assist new fighter pilots in avoiding cross wind approaches. As their experience grew with training, cross wind approaches were added. The T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. Called the SNJ by the Navy and the Harvard by the RAF, the T-6 was designed as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. In all, the T-6 trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries. A total of 15,495 of the planes were made. Though most famous as a trainer, the T-6 Texan also won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War.

The Texan was an evolution of the company’s BC-1 basic combat trainer, which was first produced for the U.S. Army Air Corps with fixed landing gear in 1937 under a contract that called for 174 planes. It was designed by North American Aviation as a low-cost trainer with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter. Although not as fast as a fighter, it was easy to maintain and repair, had more maneuverability and was easier to handle. A pilot’s airplane, it could roll, Immelmann, loop, spin, snap, and vertical roll. It was designed to give the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dogfighting, and contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to operate.

At the end of WWII, the Federal Government began the daunting task of drawing down and eliminating surplus warstock, to include the Wilson Industrial Air Center. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (later known as the FAA) determined that the Wilson Airport was surplus property and the facility was given to the Town of Wilson in July of 1948 as a gift. The airport has since been operated by the City of Wilson.

The Wilson Industrial Air Center is managed by a commission of individuals with interests in transportation and aviation.

  • Robbie Bass, Chairman
  • Jamie Smith
  • Robert Gene Mills
  • Thomas F. Corbett
  • Ray Mitchell
  • Larry Blair
  • Buren Williford
  • Ralph Moore
  • Mrs. Jennifer Lantz, ex-officio

Events & Clubs

Wilson hosts a chapter of the EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association; a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft.

Each September, the Wilson EAA hosts a fly-in. For further information, please contact the airport at 252-291-8810.

The Wilson Industrial Air Center is hosted the First in Flight RC Jet Rally, and the public was invited to see these amazing aircraft up close and in competition! Get a sample of what you’d see in this video.

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By the way, the airport is part of the city’s transportation office, which in under our Public Works division. Thanks to Gronna Jones and the staff for arranging events like this to attract tourism and to give local families something to do.

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