Eye on MAPS 3 transit hub urged as Oklahoma City Council considers bus station approval

Oklahoma City Council members are urging Greyhound officials to keep the future MAPS 3 intermodal transit hub in mind in future years when making plans to move next year to a new terminal east of downtown.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: October 24, 2012
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Oklahoma City Council members on Tuesday urged representatives from Greyhound to consider eventual use of the future MAPS 3 intermodal transit hub as the council considers an item to allow the bus company to use a new terminal east of downtown.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to temporarily delay a decision on approving a permit for the new terminal, which would be on the southwest corner of E Reno and Martin Luther King avenues.

Greyhound's lease on its current terminal at Sheridan and Walker avenues is up in a year and a half, but the MAPS 3 transit hub won't be ready by then.

Councilman Skip Kelly was the first to ask for the delay, wanting more time to look at how to best balance the need for uninterrupted and economically successful long-haul bus service and integration with civic planning.

A Greyhound representative told the city they intend to sign a 10-year lease to operate the new terminal, in part to ensure the bus company and the property owner get a return on investments to improve the property and add infrastructure for bus service.

Kelly, Councilman Ed Shadid and Councilwoman Meg Salyer were the leading voices in urging Greyhound to consider the mutual benefits of an eventual move to the transit hub when making their investments and signing a lease for the new terminal.

City officials hope the Santa Fe Train Depot on E.K. Gaylord Boulevard will be the eventual site of the MAPS 3 transit hub. Negotiations to buy the property from its current owner are ongoing but have not been successful so far.