Another 1st for Whatcom County

Bellingham busHave you taken a bus lately in Bellingham or Whatcom County?  A few of our local buses have been decorated by local art students. They are youngsters from our school system. The art was taken and blown up and placed on the outside of a bus. It’s kind of surprising The Whatcom Transit Authority doesn’t even have a mention of it in their web site. It must make a parent proud to see their children’s art rolling around the streets of Bellingham for everyone to see.

And the 1st – According to recently released Federal Transit Administration statistics, ridership on Whatcom Transportation Authority buses has grown faster than in any other major U.S. city.

WTA is at the top of the list of the country’s 150 largest transit agencies. Those 150 agencies represent 97 percent of the nation’s transit ridership

Ridership incresaed 20.7 percent from July 2007 to June 2008, compared to the previous year. The 150 top agencies saw an increase of only 2.6 percent.

Can you say high gas prices. Also Western Washington University students have a new universal bus pass paid through student fees that went into effect nearly a year ago.

Increasd service has helped as several new GO lines have buses running every 15 minutes.

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