Oklahoma City's Union Bus Station to close; new station to open this week

The new Greyhound bus terminal in Oklahoma City is just east of Bricktown on E Reno, about two miles away from Union Bus Station on W Sheridan.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: October 29, 2013

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.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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At a Glance

Top 10 busiest terminals

Greyhound's busiest terminals based on passenger volume in 2010.

1. New York

2. Toronto

3. Atlantic City, N.J.

4. Ottawa

5. Los Angeles

6. Philadelphia

7. Washington, D.C.

8. Boston

9. Houston

10. Montreal

SOURCE: Greyhound

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