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August 22, 2007

Greyhound pulls out of Mercer

Busing company seeks site for new stop

The Greyhound is running from Mercer Borough.

Or is it?

At Tuesday’s council meeting, president Ted Isoldi announced that the bus company was leaving “because of complaints,” he said.

“It’s a big relief,” said Dotty Mariner.

Greyhound customers have a stop along the sidewalk in front of her 148 E. Erie St. business, Dotty’s Sewing and Alterations.

Greyhound had its own office in the complex. It left in February, and people often go into Mariner’s shop looking for shelter, a bathroom, information or tickets.

Vandalism and littering at the property are other complaints by Mariner and other business owners near the bus stop.

Isoldi said Gynnie Smyth, area manager from Greyhound, told him the bus company “moved from Mercer Borough but removed all bus locations from Mercer County,” he said.

“The borough problem has transitioned to a county problem,” he added.

However, Greyhound had no other locations in Mercer County, said Anna Folmsbee, media spokesperson in Dallas.

People can pick up the bus – and buy tickets on board – in Meadville, Zelienople and Youngstown, Ohio. Pittsburgh also has a Greyhound bus location.

But the company hasn’t given up on the Mercer location yet.

Greyhound’s corporate office wants to find a business in town to try to take over the bus stop, Folmsbee said, although Smyth has made several attempts.

“We’re not officially ending yet. We want to take a little more time,” she said.

In smaller towns, Greyhound generally relies on businesses that can operate a small terminal out of an existing business, unlike locations in big cities that can operate an exclusive station of its own, she said.

Finding a place that can provide shelter and a restroom would be a “priority,” Folmsbee added. However, under its federal license “we don’t have to provide that.”

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