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Agency Description

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides public transportation services throughout Whatcom County in Northwest Washington State.  Our services include fixed routes, Specialized Transportation (paratransit), and a vanpool program.

WTA’s mission is to enhance our community by:

• Delivering safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service.

• Offering environmentally sound transportation choices.

• Providing leadership in creating innovative transportation solutions.

• Partnering with our community to improve transportation systems.

Service Area
WTA serves the city of Bellingham as well as the smaller towns and communities of Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine and Birch Bay, Lummi Nation, Sudden Valley, Kendall, Everson, Nooksack and Sumas.  We also cooperate with Skagit Transit in neighboring Skagit County, to provide service between Bellingham and Mount Vernon. 

WTA plays a major role transporting students to and from Western Washington University, as well as to three other local colleges, middle schools and high schools.

Fixed Route Services
WTA’s fixed route service features 30 routes, including a network of four high-frequency corridors within Bellingham.  Service is offered seven days a week, with more limited service on Saturdays, Sundays and evenings.

  • In 2012, WTA provided 4.9 million fixed route boardings, or approximately 17,000 boardings per weekday. 
  • Students from Western Washington University comprise 38% of our fixed route ridership. 
  • Between 2002 and 2012, our ridership has increased by 84%. 
  • In 2008, we were recognized by the Federal Transit Administration for achieving the highest annual ridership increase in the nation.

Specialized Transportation
Our Specialized Transportation (paratransit) service area and span of service mirror those of our fixed routes.  We provide an average of 600 Specialized Transportation trips per weekday. 

Fleet and Facilities
WTA’s fleet includes 60 full-size buses (including eight hybrid electric buses), 37 Specialized Transportation minibuses, and 39 vanpool vans.  We operate four transit centers: Bellingham Station, Cordata Station (in North Bellingham), Ferndale Station and Lynden Station. 

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