Transit ridership has been growing in Whatcom County, Washington at
a record pace. Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) reports that between
2006 and 2009 ridership on WTA buses increased by 52 percent.
However, the current economic climate has forced WTA to make over
$2 million in cuts and they are facing over $4 million in
additional cuts over the next year.
A group of community leaders have formed a committee called The
People for Whatcom Transit. This coalition of transit supporters
have been working to ensure WTA has the ability to continue to
provide public transportation by placing a measure on the April
27th ballot. The measure asks voters to raise the local sales tax
an additional 0.02 percent to prevent future transit cuts.
A recent survey indicated that 56 percent of residents would
support a sales tax increase to maintain or improve transit
service. To find out more about this measure visit the campaign