Capito, Manchin announce funding for Public Transportation in Morgantown

CHARLESTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday $40,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the Mountain Line Transit Project in Morgantown. This funding is made available through 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,” said Senator Capito. “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.”

“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,” said Senator Manchin.