WTC discusses construction, budget issues

WEIRTON The Weirton Transit Corp. Board of Trustees discussed local construction and budget concerns at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Transit Manager Kevin Beynon reported that ridership was up by about 960 passengers in March and expected to stay higher than last year’s numbers through the end of April.

“Ridership continues to be strong,” he said.

Dani Brown, driver and WTC member, informed the group that two buses no longer in service have been sold successfully after a lengthy process searching for buyers.

WTC officials said that construction projects, including those on Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street, have been less of an obstacle than they anticipated, with delays being minimal in most cases. Beynon expressed gratitude to the workers who have cooperated in getting the buses through and the contractors who have maintained open lines of communication.

Issues with route deviations and the 2014-2015 budget will be a priority at next month’s meeting, according to WTC members.

“We’re kind of waiting to see what direction the city is going in with the budget,” Beynon clarified.

(Dalrymple can be contacted at sdalrymple@heraldstaronline.com)