Ohio Valley Transit Authority Offering Free Bus Rides

Ohio Valley/Eastern Ohio Regional Transportation Authority buses line up Wednesday to pick up riders at the intermodal center on Main Street in Wheeling. The transit authority is offering free rides until the beginning of May.

WHEELING – In an effort to help those who rely on public transportation get to essential services during a time of crisis, the Ohio Valley/Eastern Ohio Regional Transportation Authority is offering free rides until the beginning of May.

The normal fare of $1.30 for a one-way trip — half that for elderly or disabled passengers — was waived effective Wednesday, to allow those who need to get to local hospitals, other essential services, or to work deemed essential to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Director Lisa Weishar said the buses are thoroughly cleaned off every night with commercial-grade disinfectant, and that during this period, half the seats would be roped off, both to increase distance between passengers and to limit the number of riders on any given bus.

“We ask they only ride the bus if it’s for an essential service or an essential job,” Weishar said.

The buses will continue their normal routes during this time, with a trial route to WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, which has been operating since January. Buses in Eastern Ohio will provide transportation to the Wheeling Intermodal Center

“We’re just trying to keep everybody safe, our employees safe, and get through this time together,” Weishar said.


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