The controversy over the Greyhound bus stop in Wheeling continues.
Is there a viable solution that will make everyone involved happy?
Some interesting details in regard to the Greyhound bus service and it’s future here in the Friendly city were brought to light.
If you’ve been in downtown Wheeling in the last several years, you’ve likely seen Greyhound passengers huddled on the sidewalks waiting for their next bus and we’ve found out the future of the bus service in Wheeling is shaky.
Vice-Mayor, Wheeling, Chad Thalman said, So, we’re currently working towards a long-term solution that may result in Greyhound leaving the city of Wheeling or at least leaving Downtown Wheeling.”
As most people know, the Greyhound buses used 12th Street at Market Street next to the Vagabond Kitchen to drop-off and pick-up their passengers.
Matt Welcsh, the Owner of the Vagabond Kitchen said he wants to see a solution that best suits Downtown as a whole.
“Many people I know in the Wheeling area believe that the Intermodal is the ultimate place for that and obviously that’s been taken into consideration, but there are a lot of moving pieces and no issue is as simple as we might think from the outside,” said Welcsh.
Now with 12th Street closed between Main and Market for a sewer project, the bus company is now dropping their passengers off in front of the McLure Hotel, but the City of Wheeling would ideally like that to happen in the front of the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Center, but according to the Vice-Mayor, Greyhound doesn’t like that idea.
“Greyhound has objected to that location because the franchisee who sells the greyhound tickets is about two and a half blocks away from the Intermodel parking garage and Greyhound feels that is too far of a distance for the people getting on and off of the bus to travel to get tickets,” said Thalman.
Currently, the Greyhound franchise is at the Security Travel office on Market and owner Patrick Viola said the current drop off is the trial run, but if it doesn’t work out Greyhound will leave.
Viola said this stop shouldn’t have any negative impacts on other businesses in the area.
Greyhound Franchisee, Patrick Viola said, “It’s on the corner, it’s not blocking the McLure Hotel’s entrance. We’re an express, it’s pick-up and drop-off.It’s ideal where the spot is now, because we’re a storefront and we can actually see the bus coming through, it’s actually better than on the corner by Vagabond.”
Right now things will be a waiting game to see what happens over the next two to three weeks.
According to Patrick Viola, Greyhound sells about 3,300 tickets in Wheeling and brings about 6,000 people into Downtown Wheeling each year.
If things don’t work out with this trial drop off location now on Market Street, Greyhound said they will pull out of Wheeling.