WTA announces proposed service changes

Whatcom Transportation Authority has put together a draft service plan as part of a larger strategic plan. Some changes impact service to Western Washington University, as well as other routes.

In the current draft, WWU would see the following service changes:

  • A simplification of the service provided to WWU.  Currently there are 10 routes and 6 different shuttles that serve WWU.  This would be reduced to 6 routes and 4 shuttles. (There would be no change in the total number of buses serving campus per hour or day.)
  • Route 190 would be extended to serve the new North By Northwest (NXNW) apartment complex and the Fred Meyer/Whole Foods complex.
  • Routes 90A, 90B, 105, 196 and 197 would be discontinued (replaced by other service).

To comment or find out more about the proposed changes:

  • Go to www.wtastrategicupdate.com. Click the red box for a survey which shows every proposed route and schedule change, with maps. There is also an option to just view routes serving WWU.  You can comment on the proposed changes through this survey. 
  • Attend any of four upcoming public meetings. They are:
    • Wednesday, July 6, at the Bellingham Public Library-Central Library Lecture room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 7, at the Lynden Public Library Meeting Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Monday, July 11, at the Deming Public Library Meeting Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 13, at the Ferndale Senior Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Contact Becky Kelly at beckyk@ridewta.com (360-788-9313) or Rick Nicholson at rickn@ridewta.com (360-788-9311) after July 4.
  • Mail written comments to: Rick Nicholson, WTA Director of Service Development, 4111 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham, WA 98226