Cross-country travel by bus was overtaking rail transit when Union Bus Station opened in 1940. Five bus operators, including Greyhound, agreed to each take a 20 percent interest in building the station and jointly operating it instead of each running its own terminal. When the station first opened, it served 80 buses a day.
Greyhound last year carried about 75,000 passengers to its Oklahoma City station.
“Our business has changed, our schedules are a lot faster, our needs have changed a lot, and this serves our needs a lot better,” Boardman said.
Pettis said he hopes the station will help spur more redevelopment of the immediate area, which includes several motels, two truck stops, and several aging industrial sites.
Ward Hall, who owns the property and built the station, said he shares that goal.
“We are honored to have partnered with a great company like Greyhound to provide both meaningful revitalization and improved transportation to the downtown area,” Hall said. “As lifelong residents of Oklahoma City, it is always our privilege to make a neglected property useful again.”
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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.