WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — In the spring of 2020, Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) reduced bus service by about 30% and suspended collecting fares due COVID-19 pandemic mandates. WTA officials announced today, June 1st, they are beginning steps to resume normal service and fare collection.
WTA will return to regular bus service levels on June 13th, and resume collecting fares on July 1st.
Rider requests to return to normal levels of service have been rising, today’s announcement said, and increased demand is expected to continue through the late summer and the fall.
WTA officials say their readiness to resume fare collection is “based on the ongoing federal mask-wearing requirement on public transportation, the installation of clear protective barriers in all WTA buses, a high percentage of bus drivers being vaccinated and rising levels of vaccination among community members.”
An overview of WTA service available starting June 13th is available at www.ridewta.com/changes. A summary of changes to fares, including information about a new “Youth Ride Free” program for riders aged 17 and under or currently enrolled in high school, is available at www.ridewta.com/fares.