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Transit providers should work together

We hope a dispute between Weirton Transit Corp. and the Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority, which has resulted in a halt of service from SVRTA to Weirton, can be resolved soon.

It appears much of the issue is focused on a shelter and a proposed link point between the two agencies. WTC has been working to establish the link at a park ‘n ride just off U.S. 22 along Harmon Creek Road. SVRTA says the location is unsuitable for a variety of reasons.

We understand each side of this dispute feels their position is correct. There are bound to be hurt feelings after the two agencies have spent so much time working on the proposed memorandum, and investing into their operations to make such a service available. We also understand an agreement is needed in order for such a link to operate.

However, we must point out, the ones who are being hurt the most are the customers.

Weirton Transit cannot currently operate outside of West Virginia. Its routes primarily are within the Weirton city limits, although some effort has been made to expand into neighboring areas of Hancock and Brooke counties and officials constantly are looking for opportunities to grow.

SVRTA runs a route from its main service district in Jefferson County into Pennsylvania, which can provide residents with a way to reach the Robinson Township area using public transit.

With this link broken, there are going to be individuals with one less way to move around. That includes many of our area’s older population, as well as those with physical limitations.

Ultimately, both agencies are here to provide a service to the public.

We would encourage officials from both WTC and SVRTA to sit down, re-establish a dialogue and work together, in whatever ways allowable, in order to better meet the needs of all of their customers.

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