Megabus stop will stay at convention center

After being threatened with a lawsuit over relocating the Megabus stop to Gateway Center, the city has agreed to keep it at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center -- for now.

An attorney for Gateway Center had threatened a lawsuit over plans to relocate the stop to the curb in front of Two Gateway Center, a decision city officials made without consulting the property owner.

The change was to take effect Monday, and the bus operator already had placed bus stop signs at the site.

Debra Donley, general manager of Hertz Gateway Center, the property owner, issued this statement today:

"We recently learned from media reports that Gateway Center was a potential site for the relocation of the Megabus Pittsburgh hub. In response, we expressed our concerns to City of Pittsburgh officials and appreciate the city's efforts in addressing our concerns. We were told yesterday by the city that Gateway Center is no longer a potential location for the Megabus hub."

The relocation effort came after the Sports & Exhibition Authority said it was kicking Megabus out of its space at the convention center, where it has operated for more than two years, after complaints about litter and passengers' use of center rest rooms.

"The city's actions in creating the proposed Gateway Center hub amount, among other things, to a taking of Hertz Gateway's private property ... As a for-profit business, it is Megabus' responsibility to locate and pay for an appropriate bus depot elsewhere in the city without resort to having the city infringe upon and take the property of a private property owner," attorney Blaine Lamperski said in a June 22 letter to city Solicitor Daniel Regan.

Dale Moser, president of Coach USA, parent of Megabus, said on Tuesday that the company will "do as the city directs us."

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First Published June 27, 2012 4:30 AM


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