Apr 12, 2024 - News

Cleveland Greyhound operator in talks to relocate to Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center

An exterior photo of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones transit center in Cleveland

On the corner of Prospect Avenue and East 21st Street. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

Barons Bus, the Northeast Ohio charter bus company, is in discussions with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to lease a portion of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center downtown to relocate the local Greyhound Bus operation, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The proposed new location, on the campus of Cleveland State University, is less than a mile from Greyhound's historic terminal on Chester Avenue, which was recently sold to the Playhouse Square Foundation.

  • A central location would be convenient for the thousands of Greyhound riders who depart from Cleveland every year, who tend to be younger and lower-income than other travelers.

The latest: An RTA spokesperson confirmed to Axios that the Puritas Rapid Station, which had previously been discussed as a new location for Greyhound, is no longer under consideration.

  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones would have been used for a select number of daily departures, even if the Puritas plans progressed, Axios reported last fall.
  • The newest development was first reported by Cleveland.com.

Between the lines: Unlike the Puritas Rapid Station and other sites nationwide where Greyhound has operated after the historic stations have been sold, the downtown transit center has bathrooms.

Zoom in: The transit center, which opened in 2010, is named for former Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. It has 12 bus bays currently used by the Cleveland State bus rapid transit line and a number of suburban Park n' Ride routes.

  • The Portage Area Rapid Transit Cleveland Express, which runs from Kent State to Cleveland State Monday through Friday, also stops at Stephanie Tubbs Jones.
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