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Weekly ferry connects Point Roberts to mainland Washington state

Last Updated Aug 25, 2020 at 9:31 am PDT

FILE - Point Roberts is seen here from the NEWS 1130 Air Patrol in the summer of 2019. (Riley Phillips, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

People stuck in Point Roberts because of the closure are now able to take a weekly ferry to mainland Washington state

A free, short-term, passenger-only transportation service from Point Roberts to Blaine started Tuesday

The Port of Bellingham says if demand remains high, the frequency of service from Point Roberts could be increased

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (NEWS 1130) — People stuck in Point Roberts because of the Canada-U.S. border closure, due to COVID-19, are now able to take a weekly ferry to mainland Washington state.

The Port of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority are providing a free, short-term, passenger-only transportation service from Point Roberts to Blaine every Tuesday, starting today.

The first sailing sold out.

The new service offers just one return trip every week — on Tuesday.

Travellers are required to reserve a spot on the ferry, using the Port of Bellingham website, for the 9:30 a.m. sailing.

The Port of Bellingham says if demand remains high, the frequency of service from Point Roberts could be increased to a maximum of twice a week.

The transportation authority also provides a transit connection from Blaine Harbor to Cordata Station in Bellingham.

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Reservations are also required for that service.

Point Roberts residents have been seeking a special exemption to cross into Canada, to stock up on supplies and visit family, then return back through the Peace Arch border crossing into Washington.

The Canadian-U.S. border is closed to non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21 due to COVID-19.