Notice is hereby given that the Potomac Valley Transit Authority of Grant County Industrial Park, 185 Providence Lane, Petersburg, WV  26847, is applying for a grant under 49 USC Section 5311.  A general Description of the grant proposal follows:


49 USC Section 5311 funding is being sought to continue transportation services in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral and Pendleton Counties.  These services are provided for the general public and the special needs of the elderly and disabled.  The estimated cost of providing these services for fiscal year 2016 is $1,553,242, with $538,494 coming from federal sources, $275,000 coming from state sources, $163,479 from local sources and $576,228 coming from operating revenues.

No persons, families, or businesses will be displaced by this project.  The proposed project will not have a significant environmental impact upon the service area.

Service to the elderly and the disabled will be provided on all PVTA routes.  Individuals unable to board vehicles along regular routes may receive service up to three quarters of a mile off route with a request made the day before service is to be provided.  Elderly and disabled individuals are also eligible for reduced fares on many PVTA routes.  Specially equipped vehicles, alternate format schedules, a TDD, and route deviation service have been put in to place to address the needs of disabled riders, as required by ADA.

As prescribed by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, no person shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under its program of transit service delivery and related benefits.  If translation services of any type, written or oral, are needed, please contact the Potomac Valley Transit Authority.

Should any 49 USC Section 5311 capital funds become available, purchased equipment may include, but not be limited to: buses, vans, or other paratransit vehicles, radios and communications equipment, passenger shelters, wheelchair lifts and restraints, computer hardware/software, spare parts or components, and other durable goods.  Persons interested in holding a public hearing regarding the possible procurement of capital equipment must submit a written request within 15 days from the date of this notice.

The purpose of this notice is to afford affected citizens, private transportation providers, and other interested agencies an early opportunity to examine the proposal and offer comments and/or recommendations on the overall scope of the project.  The grant proposal will be available for public inspection and comment for 15 days from the date of this notice, February 4, 2015, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the office of the Potomac Valley Transit Authority, 185 Providence Lane, Grant County Industrial Park, Petersburg, WV 26847.

For further information and/or submission of comments, please contact J. Douglas Carter, Manager, Potomac Valley Transit Authority, 185 Providence Lane, Petersburg, WV  26847.

Additionally, copies of comments may be submitted to the following:  Director, WV Division of Public Transit, Building 5 Room 906, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV  25305.