WTA may eliminate Squalicum Harbor route, reduce service at mall


The Whatcom Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 20, before deciding whether to eliminate the Squalicum Harbor bus route.

The hearing also may include comments on a change to Route 15, which serves Bellis Fair mall.

The Squalicum Harbor bus, Route 46, was added in June 2012 with full funding from a voter-approved sales tax disbursed by Bellingham's Transportation Benefit District. The number of riders has been less than half WTA's minimum standard, and the district voted in April to stop funding Route 46.

WTA staff has recommended discontinuing the route on Sept. 20.

The Bellis Fair bus' route must change because left turns will no longer be allowed from Meridian Street into the entrance to the mall across from Telegraph Road. Route 15 would no longer stop at Boston Pizza or Target. The Macy's stop will remain.

The hearing will take place at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.

Information on the mall access was corrected June 17, 2013.

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