Omaha's Bus Service

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

A long standing icon in downtown Omaha may soon be changing hands. When the Greyhound Bus Line left Omaha the terminal at 16th and Jackson didn't sit idle.

Trailways runs buses out of the building now and is looking to take over the terminal.

Years of weather erosion has left the Greyhound name etched into the terminal and the purpose of the building is unchanged.

On Tuesday Tinonda Bradshaw is waiting for the Chicago bound bus so she can leave her stress and the daily grind behind her.

Tinonda Bradshaw says, "I live here in Omaha but I take off quite often when I get my check."

Tinonda won't fly so the bus is her only option and one that according to Trailways spokesman Marty Bradley will remain in the metro for Tinonda and others.

Trailways is currently negotiating with Greyhound for the downtown terminal but we continue to look for other locations to serve the Omaha area. Trailways will remain in Omaha but the company is looking at downsizing to reduce overhead.

"Bradley says a depot in the area of 9th and Pacific would be if Trialways can find a location. With Amtrak located nearby it would create a kind of intermodal hub in the Omaha area."

If the hub becomes a reality it could make transferring modes of travel easier but Tinonda may stick with buses.

Tinonda Bradshaw says, "It's not confining; they have a lot of stops where you can eat, get some air, it's good."

And will remain an option for the foreseeable future.

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