The $50 million Grant Street Transportation Center, which includes two city garages and the new Greyhound bus station, partially opened Downtown yesterday with little fanfare.
After spending more than three years at a temporary facility on Second Avenue, the Greyhound station returned to its original site -- albeit in a new building -- at the end of Grant Street, at 11th Street and Liberty Avenue.
"We're very excited to move into this new location," company spokeswoman Abby Wambaugh said from Greyhound's Dallas headquarters. "They are very, very busy over there. They said the operations went amazing. They were really happy with the opening."
The new station has the same floor plan as the old one but looks sleeker, cleaner and brighter.
Greyhound posted signs both at the interim terminal and the new site several weeks ago informing customers of the change.
Ms. Wambaugh did not have ridership statistics for yesterday for the new station. She said more than 500 people were counted in the building by lunchtime, but that number included people who were not necessarily customers.
In August, 9,667 passengers rode Greyhound either from or to Pittsburgh, compared with 9,284 a year earlier. Nationally, its ridership for the first eight months of the year has been flat with that for the same period in 2007, Ms. Wambaugh said. In 2007, 19.3 million people took Greyhound in the United States, up from 18.3 million in 2006.
While part of the facility houses the bus terminal, the other contains two Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages with a total of 991 spaces.
Garage "B," which has more than 600 spaces, opened yesterday afternoon, parking authority Executive Director David Onorato said.
Motorists enter the garage on 12th Street; the pedestrian lobby is on Penn Avenue.
Garage "A," which has 300-plus spaces, is expected to open by Sept. 26, Mr. Onorato said. The vehicle entrance is on Penn Avenue, while pedestrians can use the entrance at Liberty and 11th.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the whole facility is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Jonathan D. Silver can be reached at email@example.com or 412-263-1962. First Published September 10, 2008 4:45 AM