Aug. 23, 2008
TTA, KRT Team for Huntington/Charleston Bus Service
Federal Grant Pays 80% for Three Years
By Tony Rutherford Reporter
Huntington, WV (HNN) –- Commuter bus service between the state’s two largest cities begins in 90 to 120 days, according to Governor Joe Manchin.
“I am asking the director and board members of the Kanawha Valley Regional Transit Authority and the Tri-State Transit Authority to immediately work together to develop bus routes that will provide efficient shuttle service,” Manchin said in a prepared release. “We have identified the potential of a federal grant and we will provide some state funds to help offset the cost and make this a very reasonable fare.”
Vicki Shaffer, president and CEO, of The Transit Authority, said the boards of both bus agencies must ratify the agreement; little resistance is anticipated, though.
The bus will leave Pullman Square at 6:45 a.m. Monday through Friday and arrive at the State Capitol at 8:15 a.m. The return trip leaves at 5:15 p.m. and arrives back at Pullman Square at 6:45 p.m. Fares will be $4 one way; $8 two-way; $3 from Putnam County; $6 two-way from Putnam County.
Stops have been proposed at the Huntington Mall and Crooked Creek Park and Ride in Putnam County.
The governor’s release calls the Huntington-Charleston route a “pilot project,” but he forecasts more public transportation linking the Metro Valley.
“With gas prices as high and the commuter traffic congestion in the morning and evenings on I-64, we saw a definite need,” the governor said. “This is the quickest relief we can provide, and I think it will be a good indicator of the demand for future public transportation.”
Manchin anticipates the service will be particularly helpful to those living in Putnam County who do not have access to any form of public transportation.
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