Free day bus passes offered to county service agencies

By Stefanie Donahue

Social and health service providers across Whatcom County are invited to apply for free day passes through the Whatcom Transportation
Authority (WTA).

Up  to  50,000 passes will be given out to approved agencies during the annual campaign, strictly to organizations that provide assistance to low income or disabled members of the community
throughout the year.

Currently, it costs $3 to purchase a day pass, which allows for multiple bus rides in a single day. The passes are only available for purchase on the bus.

Free passes are intended for those with limited to no access to transportation or ability to afford bus fare. At the end of the campaign, participating organizations must report back the number of passes distributed and used.

Aside from the annual campaign, the WTA also offers reduced fares for seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities. If eligible, reduced fare cards and permits are valid throughout Puget Sound.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 and can be accessed online at bit.ly/2f6qOfA. Past recipients are still required to apply.  The WTA’s service development assistant is available to answer questions by phone  at 360/676-7433 or by email at grouppassrequests@ridewta.com.

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