Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Intercity Buses Moving to Union Station

Union Station
The old Greyhound bus station site was just sold to a developer who plans to build offices and continue the steady reconstruction of the "NoMa" neighborhood in NE DC.

Good timing. Greyhound buses, along with several other carriers, will soon be based at Union Station --a big win for commuters. Megabus, Bolt Bus and Washington Deluxe will join Greyhound at DC's beaux-arts transit center. Finally! To me this was a no-brainer and I'm glad to see the idea come to fruition. Union Station, opened in 1907, is also hub for Amtrak, MARC, VRE, Metrorail, Metrobus and Circulator. Onsite and nearby are bikeshare, bike rental and car rental facilities. Just missing a port and an airstrip...

The move to base intercity buses at Union Station means that travelers will no longer have to make a connecting trip (often by foot) from the aging Greyhound station at 1005 1st St NE to Union Station. And the popular Megabus and Bolt Bus discount carriers will be able to host riders under the cover and relative safety of the Union Station garage. No more exposure the weather and other elements on the streets of DC. Great move by everyone involved. A win for NoMa, a win for Union Station, a win for the bus companies, and a win for commuters.