Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 21, 2014

Bluefield Greyhound shuts down temporarily

BLUEFIELD — The Greyhound bus station in Bluefield has been temporarily shut down but is still serving as a drop off and pick up station.

According to Bluefield City board member Chuck McGonagle, who owns the building that Greyhound rents, the office has been shut down due to the sub-contractor no longer being employed with Greyhound.

“Four buses a day are still running in and out of Bluefield. The office is no longer selling tickets but is still being used as a bus stop,” McGonagle said. “The regular bus schedule posted on the door is still in effect, people just cannot go inside the building.”

McGonagle said he has been in negotiations with Greyhound to see what can be done to keep the bus station open.

“Being a member of the city board, I was going to see what I could do to keep the place open but it will just not be feasible for me at the time. From what I understand, the Greyhound company is trying to find an existing company to sell their tickets in their building. So more than likely they will be moving somewhere else,” McGonagle said. “Greyhound has told me they don’t want to pull the buses out of Bluefield.”

Right now the only other closest place to buy tickets and catch a Greyhound bus is in Wytheville, Va., unless people buy their tickets online and catch a bus here in Bluefield, McGonagle said.

With Greyhound being a private pick up bus service, the city of Bluefield would hate to see them leave, assistant city manager Josh Cline said.

“We would love to facilitate any conversations and offer advice or business incentives to any business that would be interested in taking on the Greyhound station and selling tickets,” Cline said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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