Union Bus Station, point of destination for Greyhound and Jefferson Bus Lines for the past 73 years, is set to close with operations moving to a new terminal just east of Bricktown.
Dignitaries with Greyhound, joined by city council members John Pettis and Meg Salyer, gathered Monday to show off the new terminal at 1948 E Reno, about two miles east of the Union Bus Station, 427 W Sheridan.
From the new location, Greyhound will offer 20 daily routes to destinations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan. The new station will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is expected to open Thursday.
Chris Boardman, director of operations, said the new station was planned in cooperation with city officials. The building was abandoned for several years, and is visible from the Martin Luther King Avenue exit from Interstate 40.
The highway exit also will be a key access to the future Native American Cultural Center.
“This represents a commitment for Greyhound to still operate in Oklahoma City,” Boardman said. “It's part of our commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.”
Boardman said the Union Station, which was bought last year for $2 million by developer Nicholas Preftakes, is no longer a good fit for modern bus travel. Preftakes could not be reached for comment Monday about the Union Bus Station, but he previously told The Oklahoman he will not tear the building down.
The Union Bus Station is considered by many to be an Art Deco landmark. But many also have seen its operations as an increasingly bad fit for the changing neighborhood. A new elementary school is being built across the street, while a revamped Myriad Gardens is attracting far more families to the area on a daily basis.
At a Glance
Top 10 busiest terminals
Greyhound's busiest terminals based on passenger volume in 2010.
3. Atlantic City, N.J.
5. Los Angeles
7. Washington, D.C.