Free Fares for Youth*
If you're not yet in high school, you can just step on and ride. You don't need a bus pass of any kind.
If you're high school aged, you will need a FREE TouchPass/Umo Youth Pass.
You can pick up your free TouchPass/Umo Youth Pass at WTA's Bellingham Station. Please bring proof of your age, or your current school ID. Or, you can request a card by sending an email from your school email address to email@example.com. Provide your first name, last name, full birth date and current grade.
Students at High Schools in Bellingham can pick up their Youth Cards at school.
Note: Youth Ride Free is not valid on Route 80X to Mount Vernon.
Stored Value and Fare Capping
With stored value, you can add any amount of money to your TouchPass/Umo account. This money can then be used to pay your fare, one trip at a time. Stored value never expires, and can be used on any fixed route bus as well as on the Lynden Hop. It can also be used on Route 80X, and any route offered by Skagit Transit.
When you pay a fare using stored value, fare capping sets a “cap” or limit on the total amount you’ll pay, within a day ($3) or a calendar month ($30). Once you hit that limit, all rides are free until the end of that day or month. The cap is set at the price of our other passes. So for example if you pay $1 per trip for 30 trips between the first and 15th of a month (which adds up to $30), the rest of your trips that month are free. Fare capping happens automatically, whenever you’re using your TouchPass/Umo Card or TouchPass/Umo Mobile App.