Roanoke, VA

Could Greyhound possibly leave the Roanoke Valley?

Cheryl E Preston
Greyhound is refusing new Roanoke locationPhoto byCNBC

Greyhound is refusing Roanoke's offer

The Greyhound Bus Station was once a staple in the Roanoke Valley for those who di not have transportation. people living in all areas of Botetourt County as well as Montvale and Bedford County used this mode of transportation to go to and fro from Roanoke to Lynchburg and beyond. I recall standing on 460 East and catching the bus in Blue Ridge to get to Roanoke to attend Virginia Western Community College and later my first job before I got a car.

The Roanoke Rambler is now reporting that Greyhound is refusing to relocate to a new facility that was built for the bus company by Roanoke City after they constructed a new Valley Metro building. No details have been given as to why the bus station is not moving unless they consider the new rent to be too high. Greyhound representatives have said they will still service the Roanoke area but is possible they will decide to leave.
Greyhound riders may be in jeopardyPhoto byCNBC video screenshot

What does the future hold for Greyhound in Roanoke

Founded in 1914, Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving 1,900 destinations across North America with a modern, environmentally friendly fleet. It has become an American icon, providing safe, enjoyable, and affordable travel to nearly 16 million passengers each year in the United States and Canada. The Greyhound running dog is one of the most recognized brands in the world.

Greyhound's previous facilities in the Star City were spacious and had benches for customers to sit on, restrooms they could use, and snack machines. The last bus terminal which was on Campbell Ave next to the Old Valley Metro center was nothing more than a place to purchase a ticket and there was not a lot of space. This previous location is going to be demolished and rental housing will be built instead. The new stand-alone bus terminal does not look very big and locals should not be surprised if the bus company pulls out of town completely leaving many residents with no way to travel.

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