WTA offers day pass for the occasional rider, alters 331 schedule

Sales of day passes and schedule changes on Route 331 began Monday, Feb. 2, on Whatcom Transportation Authority buses.

The day pass costs $3, payable on board the buses, and allows unlimited rides all day. For people who need to change buses on both ends of a commute, the pass saves money.

“If you have to take two buses, you save a buck every time,” WTA spokeswoman Maureen McCarthy said.

Riders should bring exact change onto the bus to purchase the day pass or the $6 Skagit-Whatcom day pass. The $6 pass is good on the 80X to Mount Vernon, and all Whatcom and Skagit Transit routes.

Also on Monday, the schedule for Route 331 changed to improve on-time performance.

This route, known as the Gold Line, is WTA’s busiest service that doesn’t go to Western Washington University, McCarthy said. Stops include Sunnyland Square, Barkley Village, Sunset Square and Bellis Fair.

The 331 to downtown will leave Cordata Station five minutes earlier from 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on weekdays. Some connecting routes change, too, which means that some passengers who made their full trip on one bus now need to change buses at the downtown station.

For route and schedule information, call 360-676-7433 or visit ridewta.com.