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Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus eastbound on Main Street (March 8, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

WTA to limit riders to 12 or fewer on buses

FERNDALE, Wash. — Beginning Tuesday, April 7th, Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) buses will limit the number of people onboard at any one time on its fixed route buses to 12 or fewer.

WTA announced Saturday, April 4th, it would begin limiting the number of riders on its fixed routes to no more than 12 but 15 would be allowed in the event of couples or parents with children. This would remain effect until further notice.

When possible, the announcement noted, there would be extra buses on routes with high ridership.

Fares continue to be free until further notice. All riders enter and exit the bus using the rear door unless they need to use the ramp. 

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WTA recently adopted following their Saturday service schedules from Monday through Friday and Sunday service schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.

WTA urges people to ride buses for essential trips only. These would include trips to a grocery store, pharmacy and medical appointments.

WTA ridership as a whole is reported down 80% as a result of federal and state social distancing mandates that have closed schools and businesses intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 disease.

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