Submitted by Whatcom Transportation Authority

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is experimenting with a new way for local agencies to work together to improve transportation access. Called the Transit Access Fund, it is intended to expand our transportation network by improving access to bus stops throughout Whatcom County. 

Many WTA bus stops lack safe and accessible pathways to nearby residences, businesses, medical facilities, social services, recreational sites, and other destinations. The Transit Access Fund would provide financial assistance for infrastructure projects located within a quarter mile of a WTA bus stop. Eligible infrastructure projects include sidewalks, intersection improvements, mid-block crossings, curb cuts, sidewalk ramps, shared use paths, pedestrian crossing signals, bicycle parking, and pedestrian lighting. 

The Transit Access Fund intends to improve access to bus stops throughout Whatcom County. Photo courtesy Whatcom Transportation Authority

Bellingham City Council Member and WTA Board Chair Michael Lilliquist said, “The Transit Access Fund is a great way to address some of the missing links in our transportation network. By working with community partners, we benefit from their ideas and efforts, and we increase the reach and value of existing public transportation throughout Whatcom County. Everyone wins.”

Applicants must be government organizations serving Whatcom County. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022. Potential applicants can learn more by contacting Michael Harpool at michaelh@ridwta.com or 360-788-9312.

WTA provides fixed route, paratransit, rural dial-a-ride, and vanpool service in Whatcom County, Washington. Our mission is to enhance our community by delivering safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service. For route and schedule information, call (360) 676-7433 or visit www.ridewta.com.

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