WHATCOM — Beginning Sept. 20, Whatcom Transportation Authority will reintroduce some of its fixed-route bus service.

On March 30 WTA reduced service by 30 percent. This temporary service reduction was required to address low ridership as well as to deal with shortages of staffing and safety supplies. Now, according to a recent survey, rider requests, observable patterns of ridership and demand for service are all increasing. The availability of staffing and supplies has also stabilized.

While service overall will still be reduced from normal, WTA will go from operating Saturday-level service Monday through Friday and Sunday-level service on weekends to operating Saturday-level service on Monday through Saturday and Sunday-level service on Sunday.

WTA is also adding earlier weekday trips on seven routes, as requested by riders who need earlier trips to get to work.  These are four routes in Bellingham, Route 512 to Sudden Valley, Route 72X to Kendall and Route 75 to Blaine/Birch Bay.

Minor service changes, originally intended to take effect in June, will also begin on Sept. 20. For schedule details, riders can call 360-676-7433 or visit ridewta.com/changes.

WTA paratransit service will be increased to correspond to the increase in fixed-route service.

Riders with questions can call 360-676-7433 or visit http://www.ridewta.com.