WTA proposes reduced service to Ferndale, Birch Bay

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 20, 2013 

Whatcom Transportation Authority proposes reducing the reach of its service on Route 55 to improve on-time performance between Cordata Station and Blaine.

The public may comment on the plan during a public hearing of the WTA board of directors, 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.

The transit agency proposes eliminating the portion of Route 55 that goes through Ferndale. The route also would cease offering "flex" service to riders from Birch Bay Village and Grandview Industrial Park. Flex service is offered to passengers who don't have a convenient bus stop near their point of departure.

Other routes would continue to serve Ferndale and the industrial park. The 55 is the only route that goes to Birch Bay Village. Under the proposal, the bus would flex as far as Shintaffer Road, about halfway to Birch Bay Village from the bus' route on Harborview Road.

Comments also will be accepted via email until 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at comment@ridewta.com.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his politics blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/politics or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldpolitics.

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