Politics & Government

Greyhound relocating to city’s downtown transit station

Greyhound bus station at 312 S. Broadway. (Dec. 29, 2015)
Greyhound bus station at 312 S. Broadway. (Dec. 29, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Greyhound, the country’s largest intercity bus provider, will soon move to Wichita’s downtown transit center.

Greyhound has owned its building at 312 S. Broadway since 1961, but in the next few months, it will build a 150-square-foot kiosk just a couple of blocks away inside the city’s transit center at 214 S. Topeka.

Work on the kiosk is slated to start soon.

The Dallas-based company is leasing the space at the transit center from the city for $24,000 a year for 10 years, according to city documents. It will pay 25 percent of utility charges for the transit center.

The lease agreement says Greyhound will use two bus parking spaces in express lanes that are not being used by city buses.

Greyhound services and routes out of Wichita will not change, said Randal Levingston, corporate real estate manager for Greyhound.

“It’s good timing for Greyhound, and services will remain the same. ... Wichita serves a lot of connections for us, and it’s still a viable service,” Levingston said.

It streamlines services for passengers to have the two bus operators share a space, said Steve Spade, transit director for the city. The two systems have the same needs for a facility and have some shared passengers.

“It just makes it that much more convenient for passengers as we’re doing physical improvements to downtown,” Spade said.

The building Greyhound has occupied downtown for more than 50 years is “old, does not meet the needs of Greyhound in its current configuration and has high maintenance costs,” according to city documents.

“The building is aged. Some maintenance needs to be performed. Anyone interested in purchasing it could make repairs and continue operations. But for our purposes right now, it didn’t fit,” Levingston said.

“That particular corridor on Broadway is a prime corridor for entryway into the city. It’s a great opportunity to bring in a development that works better.”

He said some potential buyers have approached Greyhound, but no deals have been signed.

Wichita Transit and Greyhound have had discussions about leasing city space since 2012.

An exact date for the move has not yet been set and is largely dependent on when kiosk construction is completed.

Because Greyhound operates on extended hours and on Sundays when city transit doesn’t, there will be additional security at the transit center during those times, Spade said.

Greyhound has direct routes from Wichita to Topeka and Oklahoma City, according to its website. It also subcontracts with BeeLine Express to provide service to other cities within Kansas and Colorado.

Greyhound was founded in 1914 and has nearly 18 million passengers each year.

Kelsey Ryan: 316-269-6752, @kelsey_ryan