New Public Transportation Buses

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Public transportation in Parkersburg and Vienna just got an upgrade.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority introduced new buses Wednesday that went into use immediately.

General Manager Joe Lockhart says by Thursday, six new buses will be making the daily routes, with the exception of Sundays.

The buses cost $175,000 each, but were completely paid for with grant money.

"They benefit the public because we got them with a federal grant, and Parkersburg and Vienna benefits from not having to put local money into the purchase of the buses," Lockhart said.

The buses also have new features like a low floor with only one step, a ramp that extends for wheelchairs and even a bike rack placed on the front of each bus.

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  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Aug 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    Question for Joe Lockhart: now that you've obtained six buses at no cost to the local taxpayer, how much of a levy rate reduction can we expect to see when the transit levy shows up on the ballot again? And when are you going to eliminate the wasteful Saturday bus service?
  • by debbie Location: pburg on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    what a waste of money. like the others said WHO rides these anyway? why did they have to get any new ones, let alone 6 of them? they try to make it sound nice like the taxpayers ( 99% of us that dont even ride them) wont be paying for them when of course we will.who decides to spend the money for stupid stuff like this anyway? i think they should have at least asked the public for their imput on this (not that it would have done any good). and BTW the guys who drive these think they own the road. i have been cut off more than once by them. ive called to complain about it but i dont think it did any good.
  • by steve Location: parkersburg on Jul 31, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    william he'll problly use the money to finance a so called business trip to vegas for their family's like thats never happened
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Do you people ever have anything positive or nice to say?
  • by Tina Location: Vienna on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Pictured as usually seen on the road: EMPTY!! I agree with Steve from P-burg. Easy Rider is a "poorly managed system." The cost does outweigh the need and if the routes went to WVU-P and other places (besides Wal-Mart and the mall) that a lot of people drive to maybe the system could pay for itself instead of robbing tax payers to ferry around 1 or 2 people at a time. If taxpayers are going to pay, it would be cheaper to get the few who ride the buses a taxi.
  • by Josie Location: Parkersburg on Jul 30, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    It doesn't matter where the money comes from it is all taxpayer money.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM
    By the way...the new color scheme is ugly. And why do you call it the "Mid Ohio Valley Transit Authority" when you only cover Parkersburg and Vienna??? Why not Williamstown, Lubeck, WVU-P, DuPont and GE??? Why don't you expand your services now that you have some extra money in the bank!!!
  • by william Location: parkersburg on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    Mr. Lockhart: What is going to happen to the local money that was going to be used to purchase these buses? I assume that that you will not be asking a levey for a while.
  • by steve Location: parkersburg on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    does this mean we can do away with the levi next election since easy rider for someone elses pocket to take money from im tired of the local powers that be taking hard earned money out of my pocket and throwing it in a money pit easy rider is a poorly managed system that the cost outweighs the need
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