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WTA: Ride buses for essential trips only

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus eastbound on Main Street in Ferndale (March 8, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — This morning, March 23rd, Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) issued a press release urging bus riders to ride the buses only for essential travel.

Public Transportation is considered an essential service. While Governor Inslee is asking Washingtonians to limit nearly all trips, there are some—for example those to work (for employees who can’t work from home), to medical appointments, to grocery stores and pharmacies—that people still need to make. Whatcom Transportation Authority press release (March 23, 2020)

In addition, anyone exhibiting symptoms of an illness are asked to not ride a bus.

WTA is prepared to continue to provide public transportation for these essential trips. However our ability to do so depends on our ability to keep our transit employees safe and healthy. Whatcom Transportation Authority press release (March 23, 2020)

On March 18th, WTA announced they would not be collecting fares and encouraged able riders to enter and exit the rear door. These policies are part of an effort to minimize rider contact with the drivers during the quickly spreading local COVID-19 outbreak and currently remain in effect.

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