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Information for New Students

Welcome to West Virginia University, Mountaineers!

Learning how to navigate Morgantown is an important part of your first few months on campus. Many areas of our campus are easily walkable, and transportation options like the PRT, Mountain Line buses and WVU buses are available when you might need an extra lift. Learn more about all things transportation and parking below.


PRT

The PRT – our Personal Rapid Transit system – is an automated people mover that connects the three areas of our Morgantown campus and the surrounding Morgantown community. After being closed for over a year due to COVID-19, the PRT will reopen on Aug. 2 for fall semester service.

This unique form of transportation utilizes electrically powered vehicles that travel on a guideway between five stations – Walnut, Beechurst, Engineering, Towers and Health Sciences Center. A central control team operates and monitors the PRT through cameras and a Computer-Based Train Control (CBTC) system to ensure everything is functioning properly.

PRT Stations

Our five stations are placed throughout campus to get you where you need to go. You’ll become familiar with the PRT and its stops in due time. But, in the meantime, these lists will help you navigate campus.

Walnut

The Walnut station is located in the heart of downtown Morgantown. This station is located near:

Beechurst

The Beechurst station can be found behind Armstrong Hall and next to Brooks and Hodges Halls. It is also adjacent to the future site of Reynolds Hall, which is under construction. This station is your stop for all things on the Downtown area of campus, including:

Engineering

Moving to the Evansdale area of campus, the first of two stops is located at the Engineering station. This station is conveniently connected to Evansdale Crossing and is a short walk away from many areas of Evansdale, including:

Towers

Past the Engineering station, the Towers station provides easy access to – you guessed it – the Towers residence halls. It’s also located near these other Evansdale buildings:

Health Sciences Center

Lastly, the Health Sciences Center (HSC) station serves our Health Sciences Center and J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. Other nearby locations include:

PRT Downtime

There may be small periods of time where PRT service is interrupted. This downtime can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which are related to improper use of the PRT by passengers. Downtime can also occur within isolated portions of the track (i.e., Walnut to Beechurst or Engineering to Health Sciences). For areas outside of those portions, PRT vehicles may continue to run during these interruptions.

When the PRT goes down, there’s no need to be alarmed or concerned. Instead, remain calm. Our control center team is working behind the scenes to get the PRT back up and running again.

If you’re standing on a platform waiting for a vehicle, remain on the platform at all times. If you’re in a vehicle when the PRT goes down, remain inside the vehicle at all times and wait patiently as PRT employees work to solve the problem. Typically, the PRT will return to normal service in 15 minutes or less.

For longer wait times, bus shuttles may be deployed to areas around each station to provide an alternate mode of transportation until the PRT is up and running again.

PRT Safety

As we reopen the PRT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety measures will be implemented to keep passengers as safe as possible. The PRT will operate with vehicle capacity limits based on the University’s overall vaccination rates. If you’ve received your COVID-19 vaccine, verify your vaccination to help us open up more campus resources this fall.

Passengers must follow health and safety measures when riding the PRT which include wearing face masks before entering the PRT station area and in the PRT car. Occupancy guidelines will be outlined to allow for physical distancing. And when disembarking, riders should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing their mask/covering.

In addition to COVID-19 safety guidelines, other general PRT rules remain in place. It is imperative that passengers stay off the track. You should never step onto the PRT track at any point. The track is electrically powered and can shock or harm you if you step onto it. If you accidentally drop something on the track, designated safety personnel can retrieve the item for you. Notify personnel by utilizing one of the phones located on each platform.

While riding the PRT, vehicle windows and doors should remain closed at all times. Do not attempt to open the windows and doors unless instructed to do so by PRT control center staff. Lastly, do not attempt to hold the doors of PRT vehicles open. This can and will cause downtime, delaying your trip as well as the commute of other passengers.

Riding the PRT

Riding the PRT is free for students and employees with a valid WVU ID. Just swipe your card at the platform, select your destination and ride free. Other passengers can pay just $0.50 per ride to utilize the PRT.

PRT Hours of Operation

The PRT operates from 6:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Hours of operation may be adjusted for University holidays, breaks or special events.


Buses

Mountain Line

The Mountain Line Transit Authority is a public transportation provider in the Morgantown area, offering bus routes around campus and across town. All WVU students and employees ride these buses for free with a valid WVU ID. Mountain Line buses will operate throughout the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters.

WVU Buses

Normally, WVU does not offer its own daily busing services since the PRT and Mountain Line buses are typically available. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re running a limited number of buses as an additional mode of transportation.

This summer, buses will operate weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will stop at Falling Run Rd., Oakland St., Mountaineer Station and Evansdale Crossing. We also plan to continue to run buses on the same route at the beginning of the fall semester. We’ll evaluate continued operations of bus service this fall based on ridership and the operational needs of the University.


Parking

Parking on and near campus is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are several parking options, including permit parking, short-term parking and meter parking.

Permit Parking

Permit parking is available to students and employees who have purchased a permit for that lot. Permit holders are only permitted to park in the lot for which they purchased a permit, unless otherwise designated.

Permit lots are designated with an “Area” designation followed by the lot number. Those who choose to park in a permit lot without a permit may be ticketed or towed.

If you are interested in purchasing a parking permit for the upcoming year, purchase one through our online portal or visit our Parking Management Office in Mountaineer Station. Permits are valid for one year, from August 1 to July 31 of the following year.

Please note that incoming students are only eligible to purchase a permit after they have registered for classes.

Short-term Parking

Short-term parking is available in several lots and parking garages around campus. All students, employees and community members may park in these lots for a small hourly rate as spaces are available.

Short-term lots are designated with an “ST” designated followed by the lot number. Those who choose to park in a short-term lot without paying or who exceed their paid parking time may be ticketed or towed.

ParkMobile

In addition to our pay stations located in each short-term lot, we’ve partnered with ParkMobile to provide easier access to pay. Just download the app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play, and upload your vehicle information to pay for parking from your phone. Select the lot you parked in and enter your space number – it’s that easy. You can even pay for additional parking time right from your phone.

Meter Parking

Parking meters are available in numerous spots around campus and in the Morgantown area. These meters are owned and operated by the city of Morgantown. Parking is available here for a small rate.


Pedestrian and Driver Safety

Thousands of students, employees and community members travel through campus each day – on foot and behind the wheel. We ask that all pedestrians and drivers do their part to stay alert and watch out for fellow Mountaineers.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Driver Safety Tips


Stay Connected

To get the latest news and updates, including daily updates on the status of the PRT, follow @WVUPRTstatus and @WVUparking on Twitter. You can also follow WVU Transportation and Parking on Facebook.