WTA offers free fares in support of homeless outreach program

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is offering free bus rides on Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24.

The free fares will extend to all routes except for route 80X, which runs from Bellingham to Mount Vernon.

The promotion is being offered in support of the Bellingham Whatcom Project Homeless Connect (PHC). PHC is a one-day, one-stop program focused on providing homeless people access to medical care, vision screening, mental health services, legal and veteran services, education planning and many other essential programs.

The PHC program has been adapted from a national model that has already been implemented in more than 170 cities across the country.

PHC’s yearly event will take place on Friday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bellingham High School. Last year’s event brought in 350 community volunteers to serve more than 500 homeless people from the community.

To learn more about PHC, visit unitedwaywhatcom.org. To see a complete schedule of bus routes, visit ridewta.com.

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