WTA closes public comment period on six-year plan

By Stefanie Donahue

July 15 marked the last day for the public to comment on the Whatcom Transportation Authority’s six-year strategic plan, which recommends changes to existing routes and services. This follows a month-long process of public outreach by the organization.

The finalized draft detailing all proposed route and services changes is expected to go live this August, said WTA community relations and marketing manager Maureen McCarthy. The exact date, she explained, has yet to be determined.

Throughout July, WTA hosted a series of forums in the county for the public to provide input on the proposal. Possible changes include earlier Sunday service, later evening service and a new
Sunday service to points throughout Lynden, Ferndale, Lummi
Nation/Gooseberry Point and Sudden Valley.

Aside from the extended service schedules, the plan also recommends the elimination of certain routes, including the 55, which connects Blaine and Birch Bay to Cordata Parkway.  As a result, WTA proposes increasing weekday service along the 70X route, which connects Blaine and Birch Bay to Bellingham.

The recommendations detailed in the proposal will ultimately outline service and route changes for the next six years.

To learn more about the proposal, please visit bit.ly/28Qu0J9 or wtastrategicupdate.com.

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