Hey Commuters! Did you know the bus is free?

Many people imagine Fairmont State students merrily walking from their dormitories to class or woefully commuting to class. We imagine this because commuters are repeatedly faced with limited parking. From the first to the last day of the semester, students complain about how hard it is to find a spot in the parking garage or around the campus area. The most often given advice for this predicament is simply to arrive early enough to find a parking spot, even if that means arriving several hours earlier than the scheduled time of your class/event.

Advice that isn’t spoken much and isn’t very well known is that the Fairmont-Marion County public buses are free for Fairmont and Pierpont students with their student ID. The Edgemont/FSU bus, also known as the Edgemont Loop bus, leaves the downtown depot every hour on the hour. The first departs at 7:00 am and the last at 5:00 pm, after which the depot closes. However, before returning to the depot and leaving the next hour, this bus rides around town. You can get off the bus and back on anywhere along the route. The route stretches from Squibb Wilson, Bryant Street, Fairmont General Hospital, Food Lion, Fairlane, Big Lots, Shop-N-Save, McDonald’s, CVS, University Terrace, and back to the depot.

For more information on where and when you can catch the bus to and from campus, contact the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority at (304) 366-8177 and visit http://fmcta.com/Service-Guides/How-to-Ride