It is a one-year pilot project with federal funding
WHATCOM — Starting June 13, Lynden residents will be able to hail a ride, from anywhere in town, on a Whatcom Transportation Authority van called the Lynden Hop. Riders of the Lynden Hop can expect the van, driven by a WTA bus driver, to arrive approximately 15 minutes after making the request.
The service is wheelchair- accessible and open to everyone. The cost is a dollar per trip if paying by cash. However, all valid WTA bus passes will also be accepted.
Lynden residents can catch the Lynden Hop from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
WTA expects most riders to hail “the Hop” using its new mobile app. However, those who would prefer to book by phone (360-676-7433) or on their desktop (www.ridewta.com/ride) will have that option as well.
Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis is also a Whatcom Transportation Authority board member.
“Like other WTA services, the Lynden Hop will be safe, reliable and friendly. It will also provide a new level of convenience, as people can travel point to point anywhere within Lynden. I encourage everyone to try this new service.”
The Lynden Hop is a one-year pilot project, for which 80% of the cost to operate comes from a Federal Transit Administration Integrated Mobility Innovations grant. The Lynden Hop was one of 25 projects in 23 states to receive IMI funding. The purpose is to support innovative technologies that improve access to public transportation, increase efficiency and enhance the overall rider experience.
Masks will be required on the Lynden Hop, as on all public transportation at this point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current requirements.
WTA provides fixed-route, paratransit, rural dial-a-ride, vanpool and on-demand van service in Whatcom County. WTA’s mission is to enhance community by delivering safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service. For more on the Lynden Hop, call 360-676-7433 or visit www.ridewta.com/hop.