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Huntington-Charleston bus line ends Aug. 28

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The bus line running round trip from Huntington to Charleston twice daily will cease operations on Aug. 28, officials with the Tri-State Transit Authority in Huntington said.

The announcement is not a surprise, as officials with the TTA and the Kanawha Valley Regional Transport Authority (KRT) announced a month ago that the Intelligent Transit or “iT” route was running out of funding.

The two groups have jointly operated the route, which also makes stops in Putnam County, since 2009.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the initiative in August 2008 when he was the state’s governor, saying it was time for more transportation options between West Virginia’s two largest cities.

Paul Davis, TTA general manager, said ridership on the commuter route was not a problem; it was simply a matter of money.

The number of commuters on the bus line has recently declined, though Davis chalked that up to anticipation of a shutdown…

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