Greyhound moving from airport to downtown Transpo station

Published: Nov. 20, 2019 at 11:15 AM EST
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Talk of moving the South Shore Line train station in South Bend from the airport to downtown is still just talk, but it looks like that very move is about to be made by Greyhound.

On Dec. 2, North America's largest intercity bus company will lease space from the area's local and regional bus company, Transpo.

Both operations will be based at Transpo's South Street bus station in the name of better regional connectivity.

"Right now, they were operating out of the South Bend International Airport, which does connect to one of our routes out there. They approached us several months ago looking for a little bit of a smaller footprint where they could have better connections throughout the region. And fortunately, South Street station was a great fit for them," Transpo General Manager and CEO Amy Hill said. "And again, for the communities we serve here in South Bend and Mishawaka, we also connect to Elkhart and Goshen already, so we're just making that connection even more seamless."

Greyhound will pay for the changes to the terminal building to suit the company's office space needs.

It will start at a temporary ticket podium while renovations are underway, then move to a leased space adjacent to the lobby.

When the South Street Station was built in 1998, it was purposely placed near the railroad tracks in the hopes that it would someday become an intermodal transportation hub providing a link to passenger rail as well.

While there has been some talk of moving the South Shore station downtown, that remains just talk at this point.

The change will not affect regional public transportation services or hours of operation for the South Street Station.