MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority hopes to determine by midyear whether a new site identified for the agency’s transfer center is suitable.

The transfer center eyed at the Mall Drive property was projected to cost as much as $3.2 million.

The transit authority’s contract with the national park has recently generated more revenue with an increased demand for service, Pixler said.

Even if the new site is determined to be suitable, Pixler said the transit authority still needs funding to move forward and is currently awaiting to learn the outcome of a federal grant funding application that was submitted last year for the project.

Pixler told transit authority board members in October 2016 that a restrictive clause in property deed documents for the Mall Drive site prohibited bus depots, according to meeting minutes.

In discussing the transit authority’s budget, Pixler noted the importance of the agency’s service contracts with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the MARC commuter train service and Shepherd University.

The transit authority’s headquarters is currently at 446 Novak Drive off U.S. 11, about 3.5 miles south of Martinsburg.

The additional bus service will also see growth in the transit authority’s non-emergency medical transportation services, which have prompted the addition of three more minivans to the agency’s fleet.

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