TIMELINE FOR DISCUSSION
Star City Town Hall — 3 p.m. on Oct. 24
370 Broadway Ave., Star City, WV 26505
Westover City Hall — 5 p.m. on Oct. 29
500 DuPont Road, Westover, WV 26501
Granville Town Hall — 1 p.m. on Oct. 30
1245 Main Street, Granville, WV 26534
Mountain Line Transit Board Meeting — 12 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mountain Line’s Westover headquarters.
About the Program
Continuing with its intention of making public transit service affordable for as many people as possible, the Authority is presenting this proposal to provide bus passes to residents and businesses helping to support the expansion of transit service through their property tax contributions.
Providing a direct return to tax payers is one of the primary benefits of the Property Tax Bus Pass Program, but encouraging the use of public transit is also intended to:
• Decrease traffic congestion
• Reduce the demand for parking
• Improve local commute and travel times
• Decrease pollution
• Reduce the need for individual investment in personal autos while
increasing the amount of expendable income for anyone using public transit
How it Works
There will be three categories of tax payers eligible to receive a bus pass on the basis of their property tax payment:
1) Individual home and property owners
2) Rental property owners
3) Commercial property owners
Each of these tax payer groups are eligible to receive (or allocate if rental or commercial property owners) bus passes on the basis of their property tax payment, a portion of which supports public transit in Monongalia County.
1) Individual Home and Property Owners
Individual home and property owners will simply need to fill out a bus pass application form that will be available online at busride.org or picked up at the Westover Terminal.
2) Rental Property Owners
Rental Property Owners may choose to offer bus passes to their tenants by notifying the Authority of the property address and name of the tenant.
3) Commercial Property Owners
Commercial Property Owners may choose to offer bus passes to their tenants, either corporations or employers, by notifying the Authority of the property address and name of the tenant(s).
The Authority will verify the applicant (Individual, Rental or Commercial Property Owners) is current in their tax payment through the Monongalia County Assessor’s Office using their on-line database. The number of passes received will be based on tax contribution on the following scale:
$1 - $1,000 taxes paid = 1 bus pass
$1001 - $2000 taxes paid = 2 bus passes
$2,001 - $3,000 taxes paid = 3 bus passes
$3,001 - …… and so on
All persons who will receive a pass will verify their identity and residency or ownership with the Authority. An appointment will be arranged for the Applicant to appear for the creation of their bus pass, which will include a photo of the Applicant.
The Bus Pass will include magnetic information which will be validated through the digital fare box on each bus. The Bus Pass must be presented and swiped through the fare box upon each vehicle entry, including transfers.
All bus passes will be reviewed on an annual basis to verify property tax payments are up to date and that the property owner or designee is still eligible for a Bus Pass. Invalid passes will be disabled in the Authority’s digital fare box system.
Any persons or organizations that either:
1) Do not pay property tax in Monongalia County
2) Have another form of subsidized Bus Pass will not be eligible for this bus pass program.
Such groups include, but are not limited to, Children age 5 and under (already ride free), High School Students (already ride free), Senior Citizens (receive a pass through the Senior Monongalians Nutrition Program), or West Virginia University students, faculty or staff (prepaid and can use their WVU ID).
Bus Passes issued through this program will not be valid on non-regular, local route services such as the Intercity Grey Line bus service or the New Fit supplemental transit service. These services operate with outside, dedicated funding and are not exclusively supported using local tax contributions.
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