WTA to offer half-price fares to veterans; cost of 80X pass to increase

In the new year, Whatcom Transportation Authority will reduce bus fares for military veterans and raise the price of the monthly pass for the express to Mount Vernon.

The WTA Board of Directors in December approved a 50 percent discount for veterans with proof of military service — a veteran’s medical ID card or discharge papers. A single ride will cost 50 cents, and a $25 monthly pass is discounted to $13.

Meanwhile, the price of the monthly pass for the 80X to Mount Vernon is doubling, to $50 a month. Riders who purchase the new County Connector Pass can also use it to ride the 90X from Mount Vernon to Everett. The pass is good on all WTA and Skagit Transit routes. The individual fare for the 80X will remain at $1 in-county and $2 to travel between Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Reduced-fare passengers, including youths, veterans and students, can purchase the 80X pass for $25. Western Washington University passes will be accepted on the 80X until further notice.

Fare changes go into effect on Friday, Jan. 2. WTA buses are out of service on Thursday, Jan. 1, for the holiday.