Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance

Facts about the PRT

  • WVU students, faculty, and staff can ride the PRT for free using their Mountaineer ID card
  • The PRT first began passenger service in 1975
  • The PRT is a public transportation service that receives capital funding assistance from the Federal Transit Administration
  • Around 83 million people have traveled the PRT since 1975
  • Approximately 15,000 people ride the PRT during the school year every day
  • Since opening in 1975, the PRT has traveled approximately 22 million miles along its tracks
  • People without ID cards pay just 50 cents to ride the PRT
  • The system has 73 cars that are built on a Dodge truck chassis
  • Each car can accommodate 8 seated passengers and comfortably carry a total of 20 passengers
  • The PRT can travel up to 30 mph
  • It takes 11.5 minutes to ride the entire length of the system from the Walnut Street Station Downtown to the Health Sciences Station
  • The vehicles position on the tracks is monitored constantly through computers
  • The car is powered by environmentally friendly electric motors!
  • The New electric Railway Journal rated the PRT as the best overall performer in its category
  • During the PRT cram in 2000, a record of 97 people fit into the PRT