WTA route changes take effect this Sunday, March 19

Make sure you hop on the right bus this weekend – the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is rolling out new routes and schedules this Sunday, March 19.

The changes come out of a strategic plan approved by WTA’s board of directors last October. The plan added four new routes and made changes to 22 existing routes.

The update includes an increase of service on weekdays through a new route 75 Blaine/Birch Bay – Bellingham. The route will replace the now eliminated 55 Blaine/Birch Bay – Cordata and the 70X Blaine – Bellingham/WWU routes. Route 75 will offer service Monday through Saturday, with increased service on weekdays from Birch Bay Square and the Ferndale Station to the Bellingham Station.

WTA will no longer provide service from Blaine and Birch Bay to Grandview Industrial Park, Custer or Western Washington University. Connections to the Cordata Station will be available on route 27 at the Ferndale Station, which connects to route 75. In Custer, service has been eliminated on Portal Way, between Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Grandview Road.

For those wishing to learn more about the changes, WTA director of service development Rick Nicholson will visit the Blaine Senior Center at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19 to answer questions. He’ll present an overview of the changes, discuss the current status of ridership and more.

To get a full look at the approved route and scheduling changes, visit ridewta.com or call 360/676-7433 with questions.

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