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.”
As for the problems in Mercer, Greyhound has found that their stops often reflect their neighborhoods not the bus itself, she said.
However, “The big portion of customers that come to Mercer is the Amish community,” Folmsbee said.
Mariner has also complained of “scary, creepy people,” like released inmates from the Mercer Jail and nearby correctional facility, as well as drug addicts and homeless people.
And not having a facility is unfair to them and her busy shop. “Customers should go where they get the proper treatment,” Mariner said.
“If we can’t find an agent, we’ll be forced to end service,” Folmsbee said. “But we have a customer base there. It’s been there for many years. We don’t want to end service.”
Myers Coach Lines stops in Grove City at The Guthrie Theater, South Broad Street, at 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and stops at the Amtrak station in Pittsburgh by 7:40 p.m. Slippery Rock and Butler are stops along the way. The bus leaves Pittsburgh at 4:10 p.m. and arrives in Grove City by 5:55 p.m. Fare is $11 one-way from Grove City to Pittsburgh. Call 877-733-1045.
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