Public transit is an important means of travel for many...especially with the price of gas rising nearly every day.
However, it's going to be a bit harder for those of you who use the Mountain Line services, as budget cuts are resulting in fewer bus hours.
David Bruffey, General Manager of Mountain Line, says these cuts will affect nearly 183,000 riders after changes this fall, and nearly 5,000 weekend riders will be affected immediately.
West Virginia University is cutting nearly $166,000 of the Mountain Line budget, eliminating the Blue and Gold Tripper, as well as the Campus 3 PM bus service, cutting over 2,200 hours of bus service per year.
"For Mountain Lines part, we have the agreement for services set up so that it's a fully allocated cost. When WVU cuts the budget, we cut the service accordingly. So, if the University buys less service, then theres going to be less service on the road," said Bruffey.
While those changes will take affect this fall, the Blue and Gold service on Saturdays and Sundays will go into effect immediately. Bruffey says the hours of service will now be 3:20 p.m to 7:20 p.m. on Saturdays, and Noon to 8:50 p.m. on Sundays to accommodate peak travel times.
Clement Solomon, Interim Director of Parking and Transit at WVU says even though the Blue and Gold Tripper is being cut, bus service will still be available.
"There's no elimination of service. The Blue and Gold offers a Tripper service when we have 20-minute services already. We will be reducing that service to just the 20-minute service," said Solomon.
Public hearings on these changes will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the DuPont facility in Morgantown and are open to the public.