The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 5, 2010

Rahall announces $1.1 million in area transit funding

From Staff Reports
The Register-Herald

BLUEFIELD — Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Friday that the West Virginia Department of Transportation will receive $4.4 million in federal transit funds and that $1.1 million of those funds will go to southern West Virginia to purchase transportation vehicles and equipment and provide funding for maintaining current transportation service.

“Rural areas need top-notch public transportation and this funding will add a number of new vehicles to transportation fleets in several southern West Virginia counties,” said Rahall, vice chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This money is a much needed infusion of funds into our communities and into the West Virginia Department of Transportation.”

The funding will support Bluefield Area Transit, Mountain Transit Authority, Tri-River Transit Authority and Wayne County Community Services.

The funding for Bluefield Area Transit, which provides transportation service to Mercer and McDowell counties and serves roughly 162,000 people, will allow for the purchase of two ADA-accessible vans, a mini-van and an additional support vehicle.

Mountain Transit Authority, which provides transportation services to Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Webster counties and served 40,000 people in 2009, will be able to purchase two additional replacement mini-vans.