BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom Transportation Authority held a community meeting about proposed changes to its fixed-route fares on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Carl Cozier Elementary School cafeteria, 1330 Lincoln St.

Proposed changes include an increase in the cost of the 31-day and 92-day bus passes. The shorter pass for the general public would increase from $25 to $30. The cost of a “Select” or Reduced Fare bus pass (for seniors over 65, riders with disabilities, and veterans) would increase from $13 to $15. The cash fare to ride the bus, currently $1 per ride, is proposed to stay the same.

WTA also proposes to provide free fares for youth 18 and younger. A description of all the proposed changes can be found at www.ridewta.com/changes .

WTA has not increased its fixed-route fares since 2009. In the past 10 years, WTA has expanded fixed-route bus service significantly, and has added several service enhancements.

If approved, fare changes would go into effect by mid-2020.

WTA will also hold two public hearings regarding the proposed changes.  These will be :

  • at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Whatcom County Council chambers, 311 Grand Ave. during a meeting of the WTA governing board.
  • at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Carl Cozier Elementary School cafeteria, 1330 Lincoln St.

To learn more or submit public comments, call to 360-676-7433 or by email to customerservice@ridewta.com.