City to use $4 million grant to help build new Greyhound station

Baltimore plans to use a $4 million federal grant to build a permanent Greyhound bus terminal off Russell Street near the two sports stadiums, city transportation officials said Wednesday.

The city will seek bids on the project, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013, deputy transportation director Jamie Kendrick said.

The Board of Estimates approved a deal Wednesday in which the city will lease a 3.8-acre parcel of land in the 2100 block of Haines St. to Greyhound for 20 years. The parcel — next to the site of a temporary terminal that opened in 2004 — sits just south of M&T Bank Stadium and near the planned site of the city's slots parlor.

The spending board also agreed to spend a $4 million Federal Transit Administration grant on the project, which is expected to cost $5 million to $7 million. Greyhound is required to pay the additional costs, Kendrick said.

For many years, Greyhound buses stopped in two spots in the city: a station at Howard and Fayette streets in the west side of downtown and the Baltimore Travel Plaza on the southeastern edge of the city. The downtown station was moved to Haines Street in 2004. The travel plaza discontinued Greyhound service last year.

Kendrick said Rep.Elijah E. Cummingssought federal intercity transit funds for a new station as the city moved to relocate the old terminal, which was in the "Superblock" area. The new station was to be part of the "Gateway South" development project led by Ravens player Ray Lewis. After that deal fell apart, the city continued with plans for the terminal.

The new station will feature a canteen, space to store luggage, and a more comfortable waiting room, Kendrick said.

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