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Submitted by Whatcom Transportation Authority

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is proud to introduce Transit for the Trees, an initiative set to run between September 22 and September 30, 2023. Transit for the Trees, part of the City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Week and in partnership with the Whatcom Million Trees Project, seeks to strengthen our community’s forests one bus ride at a time.

WTA will plant one tree for every 100 bus rides taken during Climate Action Week, with the goal of planting 1,000 trees and reaching 100,000 bus rides.

Climate Action Week is an annual celebration of the knowledge, progress, and community resources when looking for solutions to address global climate change at the local level. The events will take place September 22-30 within Whatcom County, hosted by individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments that want to help Bellingham achieve its climate action goals.

The 2023 Climate Action Week theme, “Leading with Collaborative Solutions,” underscores the importance of working together and sharing insights to create meaningful climate change solutions. A comprehensive list of Climate Action Week events is available at cob.org/climate-action-week.

WTA invites everyone, from first-time riders to lifelong transit commuters, to participate in this collaborative effort with the Whatcom Million Trees Project to make a difference in our community. Follow WTA on social media at @RideWTA to see updates during Climate Action Week.

Rides cost $1 per trip, and everyone 18 and under rides free! WTA will also accept all valid WTA bus passes. Riders can also download the Umo mobile pay app to pre-load a bus pass. For more information on routes, fares, and passes, visit www.ridewta.com or call 360-676-7433.

Need some ideas for a fun bus outing? Check out these self-guided bus trips created by Whatcom Smart Trips:

About Whatcom Million Trees Project

Whatcom Million Trees Project’s mission is to plant or protect one million trees locally to enhance our community’s health and resilience — and to connect everyone in fun, hands-on work parties and special events to the immense multi-faceted value of trees and forests. Find out more at whatcommilliontrees.org.

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