MTA Hiring Drivers -Pocahontas Bus Routes Set

Tim Thomas The CEO of the Mountain Transit Authority, which is better known simply as the MTA, has sent out word that the state and federal approvals necessary to start public transit service in Pocahontas County are in place, and as soon as they can hire two bus drivers, service can begin in two routes. One of these is a Marlinton loop route and the other is a commuter service route between Marlinton and Bartow, which will service employees working at Interstate Hardwoods and any other businesses along the route. A third route, another commuter route between Marlinton and Snowshoe Mountain Resort will begin service at the beginning of the skiing season, probably November. Thomas emphasizes that these routes are hopefully only the beginning of other routes throughout Pocahontas County and possibly routes to the Walmart or airport in Greenbrier County to link up with existing MTA service there.

The Marlinton loop and the Bartow commuter routes have been preliminarily set and are as follows.

The Bartow route will operate Monday through Friday. The morning commute on that run will depart 2nd Avenue in downtown Marlinton at 5:30 a.m. daily, there will be stops on the way at Huntersville; Dunmore; Green Bank; and Arbovale; arriving at Bartow at 6:55 a.m. The bus will then leave Bartow for the return trip at 7:00 am with stops at the same locations in reverse order and arriving back at Marlinton at 8:25 a.m.  There will be the option for a stop at Cass, if requested, during the inbound trip only.

The afternoon Bartow route will depart from Marlinton at 3:15 p.m. with stops at all of the above places, arriving at Bartow at 4:55 p.m. then departing Bartow at 5:00 p.m. returning to Marlinton at 6:25 p.m. with the same stops in between.

The Marlinton loop will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and will leave from the Town Hall on 2nd Street on each hour with stops at the Courthouse; the Supermarket on 3rd Ave; and the apartments on 6th Ave.

The bus will then depart the Town Hall at 20 minutes past each hour from 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with stops at Rite Aid and Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.

You can see a chart with the exact arrival times at each of the stops along all of these routes with this story on our website,

Thomas added that these routes may require adjustments once they run them and possibly find problems.

Thomas also announced that there will be an open job interview for these driver positions on September 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the McClintic Library at 500 8th Street in Marlinton. He said that retirees and senior citizens are encouraged to apply.

The position announcement includes the following:

“The Mountain Transit Authority is hiring (2) two part-time bus operators in Pocahontas County 5 days a week. Split shift work may be required, Class C CDL with passenger endorsement is required. Class D must be accepted for the first 60 days to start. $11.00 per hour. Position may lead to full-time. Pre-employment drug test is required. Please apply at 1096 Broad Street in Summersville, WV or call (304) 872-5872 for more details”

Copies of the full job announcement, including all requirements as well as a copy of the open interview announcement can also be found on our website with this story

Link to the complete bus routes HERE Bus Routes

Link to the complete Job listing HERE 9-4-19 MTA Recruitment Flier

Link to the Open Interview Flyer HERE 9-5-19 MTA open interview flyer

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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