WTA's Mount Vernon express now requires free transfer

The express bus from Bellingham to Mount Vernon now makes its last stop at the Chuckanut Park and Ride in north Burlington, after the Skagit River bridge over Interstate 5 collapsed on Thursday, May 23.

Riders bound for Mount Vernon on the 80X will transfer to Skagit Transit’s 208 bus at the park and ride, said Maureen McCarthy, spokeswoman for the Whatcom Transportation Authority. Riders can make the transfer at no extra charge.

The 208 takes passengers to Skagit Station in downtown Mount Vernon. Commuters returning to Bellingham from Mount Vernon will make the reverse trip, taking the 208 from Skagit Station to Chuckanut Park and Ride, where they will transfer to the 80X.

The 80X was leaving Bellingham on time Friday morning. The bus from Mount Vernon was coming into Bellingham about 15 minutes late on Friday, McCarthy said.

The trip from Bellingham to Mount Vernon is scheduled to take 23 minutes longer with the transfer.

WTA officials won't have a good sense of the timing of the route until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, McCarthy said.

More information is at ridewta.com, which also has a link to schedules on Skagit Transit's website.

WTA officials will monitor the effectiveness of this route change over the coming weeks.

"We'll see how that goes. It could continue to work," McCarthy said.