New Bus Service!

The West Virginia Division of Public Transit announced the addition of I-RIDE79 to the state’s public transit system.

It will offer service between Charleston and Morgantown beginning Tuesday July 1, 2014.

The I-RIDE79 bus service will make daily stops in Charleston, Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg, Fairmont and Morgantown.  Fares start at $3 and go up to $15, each direction.

Passengers can board at any stop along the route.

Buses are ADA accessible and equipped with WiFi power, outlets, reclining seats, seat belts and restrooms.

“Our mission is to make travel in West Virginia safe and efficient for all, and this service will help us achieve that goal,” Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said.  “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 in their communities.”

The West Virginia Division of Public Transit has partnered with Barons Bus Lines, of Cleveland, as part of a nationwide effort to connect rural areas and urban centers.

The service will provide links with Greyhound in Charleston and Morgantown, from where passengers can travel on to Pittsburgh and Washington DC.

“It’s a service which is going to be heavily used and is needed.  We’re excited to be able to help make travel accessible and affordable for all West Virginians," said John Goebel, vice president of Barons Bus Lines.

The service will be funded with federal money appropriated to develop and support intercity bus transportation.

Rides will be free July 1-7, 2014.  The inaugural trip will depart at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday from the Greyhound Terminal at 300 Reynolds Street in Charleston.

To view the bus schedule and reserve your seat, call 1-888-378-3823 or visit barons http://www.bus.com/.