Federal funds awarded to WVU for pandemic response

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito have awarded $2,500,543 from the Federal Transit Administration to support operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs incurred by West Virginia University due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way students will be attending school and college in the fall, creating uncertainty for students, families, teachers, and institutions,” said Senator Manchin. “This funding from the FTA will help WVU prepare for changes in providing transportation to students as they return to campus for fall classes. This crisis is far from over and as the Senate works on another COVID-19 relief package, I will keep fighting for funding that supports our schools in their preparation, no matter what classrooms look like this fall.”

“An important provision of the CARES Act was to give our universities the support they need to keep our students safe. I am pleased to see this funding come to WVU in order to help with operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance as we face the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Capito. “It is crucial that our schools reopen with the safety of students and West Virginians first. As we continue to negotiate the next relief package, it’s important that the necessary level of support is included for our higher education institutions and students across our state.”