Mountain Line, Morgantown officials discuss future of downtown depot

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - There were plenty of raised eyebrows at Wednesday afternoon's Mountain Line board meeting, regarding the future of the downtown depot in Morgantown.

"I'm concerned for our passengers, our riders, those thousands of people that use our service every day," said David Bruffy, general manager of Mountain Line Transit.

The city is looking to improve the waterfront area, and part of that project would include a different home for the Transit Authority's home downtown.

"The bus system right there, it's a very over-crowded and congested system," said Paul Brake, Morgantown's City Manager. "It really doesn't function the way that it began nearly 20 years ago."

Brake understands the concerns that Mountain Line has about its riders, and wants to help find a more appropriate place for the depot, and especially, for it to remain in the downtown area.

"We need to find a more suitable location, still retain that in the downtown area, so those individuals that need access to transportation services that either choose not to have a car or don't have the financial means, so they will not be impacted," Brake said.

We've told you before that Morgantown city officials want to be able to get more use out of the waterfront area. When it comes to the possibility of moving the downtown depot, it has the Transit Authority worried about how this might impact riders.

"I think that if our community comes together, it is an opportunity to find a new facility, to improve our services, to improve our service center," said Bruffy. "It's going to be a challenge, there's no doubt about it."

Right now -- no immediate changes happening. That's the good news for the riders, but they see both sides. They like where the depot is, but that area needs some more life.

"It's pretty convenient for me where it's located," one rider said. "If they decide to relocate it, god knows where it's going to be."

"It's a perfect location," another rider said. "It helps me get around, I don't have a driver's license."