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New bus service established between Charleston and Morgantown

By Matt Murphy, Local government writer

Don’t want to deal with game day traffic to Morgantown?

Take the bus!

On Tuesday, Barons Bus Lines will debut its I-Ride 79 bus service from downtown Charleston to two locations in Morgantown for $15 each way.

As a promotion, the bus will be free for its first week of operation, from July 1-7.

In Charleston, the bus will stop at the Greyhound Terminal on Reynolds Street and at the KRT Transit Mall on Laidley Street.

In Morgantown, the bus will stop at Mountain Line Transit’s bus depot in Westover and at Mountaineer Station, which is adjacent to the Medical station on West Virginia University’s Personal Rapid Transit line

Between the endpoints, the bus will also stop in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont.

Northbound buses depart Charleston in the morning Monday through Saturday and in the afternoon on Sundays. Southbound buses depart Morgantown in the evening seven days per week.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 888-378-3823 or in-person at the Greyhound Terminal in Charleston and at Mountain Line Transit’s bus depot in Westover.

In Morgantown, connections can be made to Greyhound/Mountain Line Transit service to Pittsburgh and to Megabus service to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

“It’s a service which is going to be heavily used and is needed,” John Goebel, Vice President Barons Bus Lines, said in a press release. “We’re excited to be able to help make travel accessible and affordable for all West Virginians.”

Buses serving the I-Ride 79 route will be equipped with Wi-Fi, reclining seats and power outlets.

The service is initially funded with federal money administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and designated for the development and support of intercity bus transportation.

“Our mission is to make travel in West Virginia safe and efficient for all and this service will help us achieve that goal,” Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said in a press release. “It doesn’t matter where you live, everyone will now have access to different parts of the state and surrounding region along with a variety of services that may not be available in their communities.”


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