UPDATE (Aug 27, 2020 5:15 p.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced funding for public transportation in Morgantown on Wednesday.
The senators, who are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $40,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the Mountain Line Transit Project in Morgantown, according to a release from Senator Capito’s office.
David Bruffy, the chief executive officer of Mountain Line said the funding will be used to conduct a study to streamline all the public transportation services in Morgantown.
One of the challenges for our community in Morgantown and for the citizens, visitors, students, faculty and staff is there’s always been a problem for all of us. How many IDs do you need to carry, how many different forms of payment do you need to carry? And this program lets us study our system, the bus system, the WVU Parking and PRT systems, the Morgantown Parking Authority system in hopes of coming up with a single user way to be able to purchase parking or transportation in any of those modes.David Bruffy – CEO
Bruffy said the system will be contactless and the Mountain Line Transit Authority would handle the banking, transfer of funds and all the background things that will allow the system to operate as efficiently as possible for users. He added that within about six months there should be results available from the study indicating how to best coordinate the services.
The release stated the the funding is made available through the DOT’s competitive Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant program and will promote innovative approaches to improve financing, system design and service of the Urban Mass Transit Authority in Morgantown and the surrounding area.
“As the city of Morgantown continues to grow, we must provide the resources our public transportation sector needs to accommodate residents. Furthermore, COVID-19 restrictions that protect the health of West Virginians have limited mass transit options, especially in our larger cities. This funding will assist the Monongalia Urban Mass Transit Authority and their current initiatives, improving the quality of public transit in the region. I am pleased to see this competitive grant funding come to West Virginia and look forward to the benefits it will create.”Senator Shelley Moore Capito
“Morgantown is one of the fastest growing cities in West Virginia and this significant investment from the Department of Transportation will provide necessary resources to allow for the continued development of the Mountain Line Transit Project. Safe, reliable and affordable public transportation is essential for the continued growth of the city and I will continue fighting for investments like these for every West Virginia community.”Senator Joe Manchin