MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU’s unique transportation system is set to become a bit more modern.
On Friday, April 4, the WVU Board of Governors is scheduled to vote to authorize up to $60 million in bond funding for phase II of the PRT modernization plan. Phase II consists of work to improve the various control systems that run the PRT.
“Everything that makes the system operate is in this phase II,” Associate Vice President of WVU Facilities and Services Randy Hudak said at a BOG Finance Committee meeting last week.
There is $52.6 million in costs, with the other roughly $8 million set aside for bond expenses.
The PRT is 38 years old. Hudak said transportation systems should be running about 99 percent of the time, but the PRT is down in the 90 percent range. This has led people, especially students, to view the system as unreliable and antiquated.
WVU already completed the first phase of the PRT modernization plan, which included replacing the proposal system on the current fleet of cars…