A 500-space parking garage, commuter student lounge, bicycle storage and more is now available to the WVU community.
A grand opening ceremony was held to celebrate the new Mountaineer Station at 1112 Van Voorhis Drive (in front of the Health Sciences Center PRT station) on Monday, Oct. 19.The 7,000-square-foot Mountaineer Station features a 500-space parking garage for both permit and short-term use, a commuter student lounge with lockers, interior bicycle storage and showers, a waiting area for Mountain Line and campus bus passengers, direct access to the Health Sciences Center PRT Station, and information stations for Mountain Line and WVU transportation services.
“This was the perfect place to build and operate such a facility at West Virginia University because of the conveniently located PRT station and Mountain Line bus stop,” said Hugh E. Kierig, director of WVU Transportation and Parking. “The fact that Mountaineer Station promotes a variety of transportation modes including biking and walking is an even greater benefit to the campus and community. The intermodal center goes hand-in-hand with the WE Go Campaign to promote alternative transportation, reduce traffic congestion, and active transport.”
WVU Parking Management and the Department of Transportation and Parking’s administrative offices relocated to Mountaineer Station and opened for business on Oct. 15.U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. and WVU President James Clements attended the grand opening as well as other campus and community leaders. There was also an open house from 10 a.m. to noon to allow the general public to tour the new building, and cake and refreshments will be served.
“The new Mountaineer Station is another major milestone in our ongoing commitment to develop a sustainable transportation system,” said Clement Solomon, director of the Office of Sustainability. “It not only supports the current transportation needs of WVU and the greater Morgantown community, but also looks into the future by integrating single modes into an optimal, efficient, sustainable, and safe system.”
The construction on Mountaineer Station began in October of last year and the project cost about $16 million with $5.1 million coming from a U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration grant. U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. was instrumental in securing the federal funds for Mountaineer Station.
For more information, visit http://transportation.wvu.edu or call the office at 304-293-5502.