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Mon March 31, 2014
WVU Plans Second Phase of Transit Upgrade
West Virginia University is planning a multimillion-dollar upgrade of its Personal Rapid Transit.
The upgrade is the second phase of a modernization plan for the 38-year-old system.
The university's Board of Governor is scheduled to vote Friday on authorizing up to $60 million in bond funding for the project.
The Dominion Post reports that WVU officials provided details of the project last week during a Board of Governors Finance Committee meeting.
Associate vice president Randy Hudak said the work includes electronics that operate the track, the stations, the pay booths and other items.
Vice president Narvel Weese said WVU hopes to obtain $17.5 million in federal funding for the project.
Hudak said 85 percent of the PRT's passengers are students. The other passengers are employees or the public.