Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority

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Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority logo-a.png
Founded: 1971
Headquarters: 1550 Fourth Avenue, Charleston, WV
Locale: Charleston, West Virginia
Service Area: Kanawha County
Service Type: Local, Express, ParaTransit, and Free Shuttle
Routes: 21 (+/-)
Stops: 625 (+/-)
Hubs: 1 Transit Center
Fleet: 49 (Fixed Route)
Operator: KVRTA
Avg. Daily Ridership: ~950 (2017)

Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority, or KRT, is the transit system serving the cities of Charleston, St. Albans, Nitro, the campus of WV State University, and outlying areas of Montgomery, Clendenin, and Sissonville in West Virginia.

History

KRT – as the system is known locally – began operating in late 1971, after the private bus company, Charleston Transit Company, ended operations. Formed as a public authority, KRT was given a mandate by the leaders of the State, County and the City of Charleston to serve the people. It was directed to provide efficient, cost effective public transit at a fair price.

The system today continues to follow that mandate to the letter. With the addition of federal funds, the system has been able to expand and improve its rolling fleet of 67 revenue vehicles.

After 40 years of refinement, the KRT transit system is one of the best small public transit systems in the country and one of which the Kanawha Valley can be proud. The fleet traverses nearly every major thoroughfare in the area, providing low cost, convenient transportation.[1]

Routes

Maps & Schedules
Note: See Holiday Hours to find out if there's bus service running on a route during a holiday.

Local

  • 1 (1SA / 1WA) - St. Albans / West Charleston
  • 2 (2CC / 2KC) - Cabin Creek / Kanawha City
  • 3 (3N / 3I) - Nitro / Institute / WV State University
  • 5 - Tyler Mountain / Cross Lanes
  • 6 - Elkview
  • 7 - Campbells Creek
  • 8 - Sissonville
  • 10 - Northgate / Hillcrest Drive
  • 11 - Wertz Avenue
  • 13 - Beech Avenue
  • 14 - City Park
  • 15 - South Hills
  • 16 - South Park
  • 17 - South Side
  • 18 - Fort Hill / Montrose
  • 20 - Virginia Street / Capitol Complex
  • 21 - Southridge / Trace Fork / Dudley Farms
  • 22 (22M / 22Q) - Montgomery / Quincy Mall
  • 23 - Clendenin

Express

  • 21X - City Center Station / Southridge Center

Trolley

  • 19 - Charleston Loop

Fares

An example of different KRT passes

The fares for KVRTA are as follows:

  • Fixed Route One-Way: $1.50
  • Fixed Route One-Way Senior/Disabled: $0.75
  • Fixed Route All-Day Pass: $2.50
  • Fixed Route 5-Day Pass: $12.50
  • Fixed Route 31-Day Pass: $60.00

Facilities

Administrative Offices

  • Address: 1550 Fourth Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387
  • Phone: (304) 343-3840

Garage

  • Address: 1550 Fourth Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387

Transit Fleet

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
303-307 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 307-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B300R
  • In the process of retirement
  • To be replaced by 2331-2338
308-310 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 309-a.jpg 2016 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B300R
401-406 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 401-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • In the process of retirement
  • To be partially replaced by 2301-2302
407-408 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 408-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
559-563 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 561-a.jpg 2014 Ford
Goshen
E-450
Impulse
Ford Triton
V10 6.8L
Ford TorqShift®
5R110W
  • Used on Lower Ridership Routes
564-568 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 565-a.jpg 2017 Ford
World Trans
E-450
24E
Ford Triton
V10 6.8L
Ford TorqShift®
5R110W
  • Used on Lower Ridership Routes
1788 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 1788-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Trolley Replica 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins L9 Voith D864.6
1801-1808 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 1801-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith D864.6
1901-1906 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 1902-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith D864.6
1930-1933 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 1930-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins L9 Voith D864.6
2201-2202 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 2202-a.jpg 2022 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
2230-2231 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 2231-a.jpg 2022 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins L9 Allison B300R
2301-2302 2023 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison
B3400xFE
  • Equipped with Wabtec/Vapor vShield operator guard
2331-2338 2023 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins L9 Allison
B3400xFE
  • Equipped with Wabtec/Vapor vShield operator guard

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
101-104 1985 Chance VS-24 Caterpillar 3208 Allison AT-545
  • Used on Route 19 - Charleston Loop
  • Final unit Retired May 2019
105 1989 Chance VS-24 Caterpillar 3208 Allison AT-545
  • Used on Route 19 - Charleston Loop
  • Final unit Retired May 2019
H301-H302 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority H301-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
H351-H352 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority H352-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
401-403 (1st) 4/1992 Flxible Metro "C"
(35096-6TL)
Detroit Diesel 6L71TA Allison V731
547-555 2011 Ford E450 Ford Triton V10 6.8L Ford TorqShift 5R110W
601-621 1975 AMG 9635-6 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
601-603 (2nd) 10/1993 Flxible Metro "D"
(30096-4D)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 1 unit was found intact in Quincy, KY in June 2018.[2]
608-615 4/2004 Gillig Phantom 30'
(C21A096N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • 609, 614 & 615 were put up for auction on 7/25/2014.
  • Retired at the end of 2017.
604-607 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.505)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
622-632 1977 AMG 9635B-6 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
701-704 (1st) 5/1979 GMC RTS-03
(T7W-603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
701-710 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
701-717 Renumbered 711-727
711-727 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 725-a.jpg 4/2004 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B096N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • Renumbered from 701-717.
  • All retired by July 2018.
715-723 (1st) 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T7W-603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 718 to Classic Tour and Charter (GA) 2014.
801-807 1987 Flxible Metro "B?"
(35096-?)
801-802 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 802-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL Allison B300R
  • Spotted in garage with markings removed in October 2019.
808-812 11/1987 Flxible Metro "B"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
813-814 1989 Flxible Metro "B"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
900 series 1995 Neoplan USA AN435A Detroit Diesel Series 50 Known fleet numbers: 901-920. (900, 921, 922?)
KAT xx 2011 Ford E350 Ford Triton V8 5.4L Ford TorqShift 5R110W KAT 59 (VIN: 1FTD83EL2BDA38583) & KAT 65 (VIN: 1FTDS3EL3BDB23688) were put up for auction in December 2015.
901-908 Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority 908-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Spotted in garage with markings removed in October 2019.

References