West Virginia University’s PRT resumes operation ahead of Welcome Week 2018

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The
West Virginia University
Personal
Rapid Transit system resumed operations today (Aug. 9), in time for Welcome Week
activities.
The PRT came back online for
passengers as part of the second phase of a multi-year modernization plan which
is designed to upgrade and replace all electronics and train control systems –
in essence, everything except the tracks and cars.
Full-scale testing took place
during the summer, but without passengers, according to WVU Director of Transportation
and Parking Clement
Solomon. “Once passengers are introduced to the system, we anticipate scenarios
that we could not test for,” Solomon cautioned. “A project like this is bound
to have some bugs which we will work to address as quickly as we can.”
Passengers will also notice
changes at the PRT station platforms such as new digital signs and entry gates.
Additional safety signs have also been installed.
“The most common problems we
see are related to passenger interaction,” Solomon said. He reminded passengers
to avoid attempts to overload a car, hold doors open, or kick the doors or
windows. Also, they should be sure all items are clear of the doorway after
entering a PRT car.
Solomon noted cameras are
located throughout the PRT system in order to monitor any issues or problems
that arise.
The PRT
will operate on a modified schedule during Welcome Week and will resume a
normal schedule Wednesday, Aug. 15, the first day of classes. Hours will be 6:30
a.m. to 10:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and
closed on Sunday.
Buses and campus shuttles
are also available.
Additionally,
the University has partnered again with Mountain Line Transit Authority to
provide service to the campus community. For more details on routes and
schedules, visit http://www.busride.org/.
-WVU-
ak/08/09/18
CONTACT: Phoenicia Keffer,
Public Relations Manager, WVU Transportation and Parking304.293.5147
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