MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority took a major step forward on their goal to build a new transit center in Martinsburg.

On Monday U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced that EPTA will receive $4.5 million in funding for the project.

EPTA Director Doug Pixler said they had applied for $14 million to complete the whole project, but said he’s not disappointed.

“We knew that we weren’t going to get the whole amount. No body ever does,” he told WEPM News. “Actually, I was surprised to get that much.”

Pixler said they hope the initial grant can at least help them with land acquisition, although they are still looking at their next step.

The transfer center’s current location at the Caperton train station in Martinsburg is insufficient due to limited space.

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