Mountain Line Transit Prioritizes Veteran Needs Through T-OPS Program
Mountain Line Transit Authority (MLTA) in Morgantown, West Virginia honors the veteran community in many ways, but primarily through their many hiring initiatives and their T-OPS (Transportation Options) program.
In April of 2010 Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Morgantown to challenge MLTA General Manager David Bruffy and other community leaders to provide a support mechanism for returning veterans and their families. This visit was the impetus for VetConnection.org, a non- profit organization for which MLTA was a founding partner. VetConnection is a one-stop portal that serves United States military veterans and their families by providing resources and information for jobs, healthcare, job training, education, housing assistance, financial guidance, legal advice and more.
Following their engagement with and launch of Vet Connection, Mountain Line Transit started their T-OPS Program. T-OPS was developed to help veterans and their families parse through the many transportation options available to find the ride they need for their particular purpose. In coordination with the new VetConnection.org program, T-OPS provides a one-stop center for all of the transportation options available in Monongalia County and surrounding areas.
In addition to these great support programs, MLTA is committed to hiring veterans. 18.33% of Mountain Line Transit’s current employees are veterans. MLTA participated in several job fairs in 2013, including the David McKinley Veterans Jobs Fair in Clarksburg, WV and the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair in Morgantown, WV sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, MLTA uses several online portals, such as VetSuccess.gov, Work Force West Virginia, and the National Guard Employment Program for posting career opportunities and recruiting qualified veterans candidates.
To learn more about MLTA, visit http://www.busride.org/.
To learn more about Vet Connection, visit http://www.vetconnection.org/.
To learn about the T-OPS program, visit http://www.busride.org/FaresPrograms/TOPS.aspx