A Long Range Transit Plan for Whatcom Transportation Authority

Whatcom Transportation Authority’s (WTA’s) long range transit plan, “WTA 2040,” will create policies and strategies to guide the next 20 years. The timing may not seem ideal, as transit is facing major challenges due to COVID-19. Despite these challenges, planning for the future of public transportation remains as important as ever.

Working with riders, residents, businesses, and more, WTA 2040 will guide WTA’s decision-making on services, equipment, and infrastructure investments – helping to optimize transit provision for the long haul. This website provides information on the planning process, upcoming events, ways to get involved and provide input, and background documents. Help WTA create an outstanding transit plan for Whatcom County!

Project Timeline

The WTA Long Range Plan process will engage riders, residents, businesses, groups, and agency stakeholders to review policy and operational needs for WTA’s future, including use patterns and improvements. Here’s a quick summary of the WTA Long Range Plan timeline:

Project Updates

The project team completed the first round of outreach to understand existing conditions and hopes for the future. WTA launched an online survey and conducted a series of meetings with community representatives to understand current public opinion on both current travel patterns and vision for future travel options. Materials from recent meetings and summaries of progress to date are available in the Library.

The Planning Summary (available in the Library) highlights relevant demographic, financial, and agency trends to provide an understanding of current and future transportation conditions within Whatcom County. The summary serves as a reference for the development and evaluation of service concepts to develop a preferred long-range vision for WTA.

The project team completed the second phase of outreach, which engaged the public to weigh in on the transit scenario evaluation. The scenario evaluation included potential futures strategies such as Bus Rapid Transit, expanded on-demand services, increased fixed-route trips, and travel demand management. The project team will continue to evaluate the feasibility of the strategies and return to the public to weigh in on these scenarios and how WTA should grow in the future.

The next phase of outreach will focus on WTA’s draft network plan and corresponding ideas for capital investments. To stay in the loop, follow WTA on Facebook or Twitter, or check this website periodically for updates.

Contact the Project Team

Developing WTA’s Long Range Transit Plan requires lots of input, especially from active riders and residents of the county. Aside from meetings and public events, feel free to share your questions, thoughts, and ideas by calling or emailing the WTA representative listed below.

Tim Wilder

Planning Director and Project Manager

Whatcom Transportation Authority