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Morgantown, West Virginia: Morgantown's Monorail

Built in the early 1970s, The novel WVU-PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) winds its way over 3.5 miles between downtown and the three campuses of West Virginia University.

130 Walnut St., Morgantown, WV
Map point is the south end of the line, at the downtown intersection of Chestnut and Walnut Sts.
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Personal Rapid Transit.

1970s PRT - Personal Rapid Transit: Still Running

Ahead of its time, the West Virginia University PRT began transporting college kids in 1975 -- up to 15,000 every day. Each car can hold up to 20 passengers, but in 2000 a record 97 crammed into one.

[Stephen Francia, 05/28/2020]

The WVU-PRT winds its way over 3.5 miles between the three Morgantown campuses of West Virginia University. It was built in the early 1970s by JPL-Boeing as a way to burnish the eco-reputation of President Richard Nixon. That part didn't work, but the PRT itself has been surprisingly durable.

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Don Knotts Star and StatueDon Knotts Star and Statue, Morgantown, WV - < 1 mi.
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Coal Country Miniature GolfCoal Country Miniature Golf, Fairmont, WV - 13 mi.
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Muffler Man, Uniontown, PA - 23 mi.

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