Greyhound finds a new home
After a short stay at Horizon Casino Resort, Greyhound Lines has moved its bus stop to the transit station on the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89. Service, with an altered schedule, began Monday.
In a contract between Area Transit Management, Inc. and Greyhound Lines, Inc., an on-site Greyhound agent will provide ticket and transportation information during daytime hours of operation.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity,” said Ken Daley, general manager for Area Transit Management. “It’s a little premature to say how long this set-up will be in effect, we would like to say it will be permanent.”
The transit station accommodates approximately 40 people in lighted and heated waiting area. It serves as a station for Stage, Amtrak and resort shuttles.
According to Paul Branson, Greyhound agency sales manager, the move has been in the works since last summer.
“We’ve been trying to find a more permanent situation up there for a long time,” Branson said. “We knew Horizon was temporary and we’ve been eying the Transit Station for a while.”
The agreement negotiated with the city of South Lake Tahoe includes the stipulation that Greyhound buses will only come into the station during operating hours.
“In the past, and at other locations throughout the country, buses come in at night after the station is closed,” Branson said. “The city didn’t want that, so we’ve eliminated late night service and I think it will be fine.”
Before moving their offices to Horizon Casino Resort, Greyhound used Harrah’s Lake Tahoe as the Stateline station. Branson said both Harrah’s and Greyhound agreed it wasn’t their niche and that the move to the Transit Station was Greyhound’s ultimate goal.
An Area Transit Management employee, contracted out to Greyhound, will operate the ticket desk at the Transit Station and will also be able to provide transportation information.
“The station was unmanned up until now,” Branson said. “This agreement provides a benefit for everyone because the desk person will provide service and information both for Greyhound and ATM.”
Agency hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
From Sacramento 11:30 a.m.; 5:40 p.m.
From Reno/Carson City 10 a.m.
To Sacramento 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.
To Carson City/Reno 11:30 a.m.
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