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Fares and Passes

Fixed Route

Cash:

Single Ride General Reduced
Fixed Routes (except 80X) $1.00 $0.50
Route 80X between two counties $2.00 $1.00
Route 80X within one county $1.00 $0.50
Aged 7 and younger FREE

Passes:

General
Day Pass $3.00
Monthly Pass $25.00
Quarterly Pass $70.00
Skagit-Whatcom Day Pass $6.00
County Connector 31-Day Pass $50.00
Gold Card(for ages 75 & older) FREE
Youth & Students
Monthly Pass $15.00
Quarterly Pass $40.00
County Connector 31-Day Pass $25.00
WWU Students See http://www.wwu.edu/transportation/
Reduced
Monthly Pass $13.00
Quarterly Pass $35.00
County Connector 31-Day Pass $25.00

Paratransit

The paratransit cash fare is $1.00 per ride. The paratransit bus pass is $13 (monthly) or $35 (quarterly), and good for unlimited paratransit rides. WTA’s paratransit monthly pass is $13; a quarterly pass is $35. Adults 75 or older ride FREE. If you are eligible for paratransit service, but can ride fixed route buses for some trips, you can obtain a pass that allows you to ride fixed route buses for FREE.

Flex Service

Fares for flex service are the same as those for fixed route. See above.

Zone Service

Zone service costs $1 per ride. Passes are not accepted.

Some Notes About Fares:

Reduced Fares are for seniors, veterans and riders with disabilities. See details here

Students are riders enrolled at a college, university or vocational school physically located in Whatcom or Skagit County. Student passes require a valid student ID to purchase.

Youth are riders age 8 through 18. Youth passes may require proof of age to purchase.

Gold Cards are for adults 75 and older and require proof of age.

Buss passes are nontransferable and non-refundable.

A Day Pass is good for unlimited rides until midnight on the day it is used.

31-Day Passes are valid from the day they are activated until midnight on their expiration day.

County Connector 31-day passes are accepted for local service on both WTA and Skagit Transit, as well as Route 80X and Skagit’s Route 90X.

The Skagit-Whatcom Day Pass is accepted for local service on both WTA and Skagit Transit, as well as Route 80X. It is not valid on Skagit’s Route 90X.

On Route 80X, cash, Skagit-Whatcom Day passes, County Connector passes, Gold cards, WWU passes and SVC passes are the only forms of payment accepted.

Operators and fare boxes do not make change.

We no longer sell tokens. We still accept tokens in our fare boxes. One token per ride.

Where to Get Passes:

Online

Click here to purchase your general monthly or quarterly pass.

Sales Outlets

General passes can be purchased in person at Bellingham Station, WTA Office (4111 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham), Haggen Foods (all locations), Grant’s Burgers (Lynden Station), Lummi Employment and Training Center and Community Food Co-op (both locations).

Student/Youth passes can be purchased in person at Bellingham Station, Bellingham Technical College Bookstore, Grant's Burgers (at Lynden Station), Bellingham High School, Sehome High School, Squalicum High School, Northwest Indian College, and Whatcom Community College Bookstore and WTA’s Office (4111 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham).

Reduced passes can be purchased in person at Bellingham Station or WTA’s Office (4111 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham).

Reduced Fare Card

Seniors and Riders with Disabilities

Seniors and riders with disabilities can either get a WTA Reduced Fare Card (free) or a Regional Reduced Fare Permit ($3). The Regional Reduced Fare Permit is valid throughout the Puget Sound.

To qualify for either, you must present proof of one of the following:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Social Security Disability Benefits Eligibility
  • Social Security Income (SSI) Eligibility
  • Valid Veteran’s Affairs (VA) identification, with at least 40% disability (NOTE: See how veterans without a disability qualify for WTA Reduced Fare Cards, here)
  • Valid Medicare Card
  • Valid ADA Paratransit Card
  • Valid Washington Department of Licensing issued disabled parking identification and valid government issued photo identification
  • Participation in a vocational career program with the Washington State Individual Education Program (IEP)
  • Obvious physical impairment, as described in our Medical Eligibility Criteria. For a list of our medical eligibility criteria call (360) 676-7433.
  • Completed form signed by a Washington State licensed Health Care Provider certifying that you meet one or more criteria listed on our Medical Eligibility Criteria. For a certification form or a list of our medical eligibility criteria call (360) 676-7433.

Veterans

Veterans are eligible for a WTA Reduced Fare Card and must present of one of the following:

  • Proof of status as a US Veteran
    • DD-214
    • VA Medical/ID card
    • DD Form 2 ID card
    • DD Form 2765 ID card

Call (360) 676-RIDE (7433) or (360) 676-6844 (TTY) for information on how to obtain a WTA Reduced Fare Card or a Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

Reduced Fares

Single Rides

You can get a 50% cash discount on fixed route buses if you present any of these items:

  • WTA Reduced Fare Card
  • Proof of age. Must be 65 or older.
  • Reduced Fare Card from another transit system
  • Regional Reduced Fare Permit
  • Medicare Card

Bus Passes

WTA’s reduced monthly pass is $13; a reduced quarterly pass is $35. To qualify, present any of these items:

  • WTA Reduced Fare Card
  • Proof of age. Must be 65 or older.
  • Reduced Fare Card from another transit system
  • Regional Reduced Fare Permit
  • Medicare Card
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