The West Virginia University community now has one more opportunity to reach major cities without driving or flying.

As of Jan. 13, WVU’s Mountaineer Station is the site of a new stop in the Megabus service, a discount bus service that connects riders to major cities on the East Coast.

Introductory fares are $17 each way a person to Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C. Some fares as low as $1.50 a person, but to take advantage of this rate, the reservation should be made as early as possible.

The trips to and from Pittsburgh travel between Mountaineer Station, the intermodal center on WVU’s Evansdale campus, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Trips to and from the nation’s capital go through Union Station, a transportation hub off the National Mall with connections to Amtrak, Maryland and Virginia rail service, and the D.C. Metro system.

Those seeking eco-friendly transportation have another reason to ride Megabus. The company’s goal is to take passengers out of their cars and to use more environmentally conscious transportation. In December 2009, the company received the Green Coach Passenger Miles certification, which means the company met or exceeded an average of 148 passenger miles per gallon. The company continues to work on increasing its environmental stewardship.

Megabus operates 7 days a week, offers onboard Wi-Fi and 110 outlets for computers, and offers connections on to other major cities. Tickets must be purchased through the Megabus site, or by calling 1-877-GO2-MEGA.

“Megabus is another service that the University is encouraging to provide a variety of transportation opportunities to not only University students and employees but also to the Morgantown community,” said Hugh E. Kierig, director of Transportation and Parking. “Megabus complements the Grey Line service offered by Mountain Line to the Pittsburgh Airport and the Pittsburgh Greyhound Terminal.”

Here is the current schedule for Megabus trips entering and leaving Morgantown:

• Buses from Morgantown to Pittsburgh leave Mountaineer Station at 2:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. and arrive in Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. respectively

• Buses from Morgantown to Washington, D.C. leave Mountaineer Station at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and arrive in Washington at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. respectively

Area residents may also travel to Pittsburgh, including the Pittsburgh Airport and downtown, by using the Mountain Line’s Grey Line. Go to



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