Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance

2014 PRT SUMMER SHUTDOWN

West Virginia University’s Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system will be undergoing some modernization improvements this summer. In an effort to achieve the necessary PRT system upgrades, it will be necessary to shut down operations beginning May 5th with normal operations resuming Monday, August 11th. This shutdown is needed for a variety of capital and maintenance projects. The capital projects include the repair of the Hospital Tunnel and the retrofitting of the PRT vehicles with a new propulsion system. Read More

PRT Schedule (Jan-2014 to May 2014)

PRT Station Map (click here)

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system is a unique and easy-to-use transportation solution for WVU students, faculty, staff, and the Morgantown community. There are five stations: Walnut Street Downtown; Beechurst Avenue for the Downtown campus; Engineering Sciences; the Evansdale Residential Complex; and Health Sciences. Powered by electric motors, the computer-driven cars arrive at your station within five minutes after you swipe your Mountaineer Card or employee ID.

Disruption of Service

If the PRT is temporarily out of service for longer than 15 minutes, a yellow flashing light will activate at the affected PRT stations. An additional indicator light is located at street level across from the Mountainlair on the downtown campus. Direct bus service will be provided for the portion of the system that is out of service.

Notification that service has been interrupted for a brief time is sent out to users via: WVUDOT facebook and twitter accounts. Any long-term usage announcements will be posted here as well as mix accounts, e-news and WVU Information Stations around campus.

Bus pick-up locations for PRT shutdowns

  • Walnut/ corner of walnut & chestnut streets
  • Beechurst/ Turnaround area on Beechurst Ave.
  • Engineering/ Turnaround adjacent to Mineral Resources Bldg
  • Towers/ Rec Center side close to PRT station
  • HSC/ In front of Mountaineer Station

Process

We have a team of people who work within the PRT command center who constantly monitor the PRT platform as well as the movement of the cars. They are able to know instantly when a car goes out of service. For safety reasons we ask that you do not exit the cars and go out on the guideway. This will only prolong the delay for the system to come back online. We ask that you remain calm and wait for instructions if you have to exit the car. If it is going to be out of service for any length of time, then this information is quickly disseminated through various forums of media.

ADA Compliance

The PRT was constructed long before the Americans with Disabilities Act. As such, many of the ADA compliance issues need to be retrofitted into the system where we can. We do have a flashing amber light that goes off at each affected station when the PRT is down. Additionally, we post on the variable message boards which stations are not accessible when the system goes down. In the future as the PRT modernizes, other improvements that are compliant with the ADA standards will be implemented.