WTA cuts Blaine service by one-third

Published on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Following scheduled service cuts, the Whatcom Transit Authority has trimmed their Sunday service and cut their service to Blaine by one-third.

On September 19, the agency eliminated a mid-day trip of route 55 to Blaine and Birch Bay, route 28X to Ferndale.

The agency already cut all Sunday services, including specialized transportation, earlier this summer. 

The cuts come after Whatcom County voters rejected a two-tenths of 1 percent tax increase that would have increased public transit service county-wide.

Official counts released by the Whatcom County Auditor say that 50.9 percent of voters said no to the tax, while 49.1 percent supported it.

More than 90 percent of WTA’s operating revenue comes from local sales tax. WTA currently collects six-tenths of one percent sales tax – a six cents on a $10 dollar purchase. WTA officials say sales tax revenues have decreased significantly and that the agency had been drawing down its undesignated reserve fund since late 2007.

For more information on schedules, visit www.ridewta.com or call 715-4500.