Living in the foothills provides me with a lovely environment, including views of Mount Baker, rich, fertile farmland and great neighbors. One of the downsides, however, is the distance to work and the wonderful cultural opportunities of Bellingham.
Fortunately, while hosting an international student from Whatcom Community College, I discovered the joys of taking the bus. After seeing her order a Flex ride and hop on and off the bus twice a day, right at the end of the driveway, I decided to take the plunge. For years, I thought riding a WTA bus would be too difficult or inconvenient (imagine this with two family members driving buses for WTA - how silly is that?). Anyway, after more than a year of using a bus pass to get to work, to appointments and sometimes just to go into town, I've saved money, wear and tear on my vehicle (less pollution, too), and made new discoveries - all while being able to converse, read, grade papers or listen to audiobooks.
I'd like to encourage others who may have been held back by fear or uncertainty to try the bus. We are very fortunate to have WTA in our community and having been on buses around the world, I am impressed by the service, cleanliness and helpfulness of our bus system. Try it - you might be as pleasantly surprised as I was!
Trish Navarre of Everson
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