Motorcoach travel is a major part of America's vibrant transportation network. Intercity and chartered buses provide mobility and connectivity for millions of Americans--all while taking cars off our roads and reducing congestion.
And today, with the official opening of the new Greyhound Terminal here in Washington, DC, bus travel is about to get a lot more convenient for passengers up and down the East Coast.
Starting tomorrow morning, all Greyhound and Peter Pan bus services will relocate to the historic Union Station, the region's largest transportation center. They'll join curbside providers like MegaBus and Bolt Bus, which moved off DC streets and into Union Station last summer.
A commuter can now seamlessly switch from intercity bus service to Metrorail, local buses, commuter rail, taxi cabs, and even bike sharing. This is the first time Washington has had that kind of convenience--and it's just the latest step forward in Union Station's transformation into a multimodal 21st century transportation hub.
In July, I was on hand for the release of the Union Station Master Plan, the framework for a reimagined station that will increase rail capacity, deliver better passenger services, improve community access, and boost local economic development.
The master plan is the result of numerous stakeholders coming together to gather support and move forward on a transportation facility that can serve generations to come. It's a bold vision for the future of Union Station--and with the relocation of two of America's largest intercity bus operators under its roof, that vision is already becoming a reality.
There’s no doubt that this is a great day for Union Station, a great day for bus passengers, and a great day for the entire Washington region.