The Times West Virginian

Opinion

September 11, 2013

Transit authority has done a great job of serving area for past 40 years

If there is any organization that has grown by leaps and bounds since it had its official start here, it is the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority, which began operations back in June 1973.

The transit authority started out with only three vehicles to take Marion County passengers to where they wanted to go. Just three vehicles.

Now the transit authority has 18 regular daily routes during the week plus a limited schedule on Saturday. In addition, buses take passengers on non-emergency medical transports. That translates to more than 200,000 passengers being transported and more than 600,000 miles being traveled in Marion County each year.

Many people in Fairmont and Marion County have probably never used the transit authority buses, but there are many who do use these buses and would be unable to go to work, shop, make appointments or run necessary errands without them.

But there is one important thing the residents of Marion County always do for the FMCTA. The transit authority is only able to provide services because of the support of Marion County voters. The excess levy has allowed the FMCTA to accomplish many things, and George Levitsky, general manager, said the authority is “always trying to be good stewards of the Marion County tax dollar.”

“We’re just trying to help everyone we can in Marion County,” Levitsky added. “We’re so appreciative of the support we get from our citizens.”

The FMCTA was honored with a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last week for “40 years of dedicated service to the West Virginia Division of Public Transit and the citizens of the great state of West Virginia.”

Levitsky has served the transit authority as general manager for the past 12 years and has this operation running smoothly. Two other individuals who have served the authority well are Jeff Mullenax, a 21-year employee who recently was named the West Virginia Transit Excellence Program’s Outstanding Employee of the Year, and Wesley “Bub” Taylor, recently named the Outstanding Transit System Driver of the Year.

Fairmont and Marion County will always need people like Levitsky, Mullenax and Taylor to keep the buses running. And the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority is doing a good job with that task.

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