12/20/2013 5:30 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BLUEFIELD - Bluefield welcomed in a new and improved aspect of infrastructure at their public transit building.
The Bluefield Area Public Transit hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday in their new facility. The services will be available to most of Mercer and McDowell counties, also partnering with Concord University. Those students will benefit as well; on and off-campus. Organizers and program leaders said they hope to provide affordable and safe transportation to the citizens in this part of Southern West Virginia.
Another proponent of the project was the amount of jobs it gave to local businesses. The new public transit building was designed and built by two different West Virginia companies and they have employed 25 people so far from the surrounding area. Congressman Nick Rahall said this is just one step in a long journey to expanding the area. "This will be a big asset to Mercer and McDowell Counties, especially when it comes to attracting jobs, attracting new businesses to the area. Everybody looks to see what type of transportation networks a community has before moving and deciding to live there so this is very crucial to moving our people around and to improving our quality of life and safety. Safety of our traveling public as well will be a major theme here at this facility," said Rahall.
The Bluefield Area Transit will be using a variety of vehicles including buses, high top vans, mini-vans and other non - emergency services.