This is rendering of a station which the new Baltimore Greyhound terminal will look similar to.
This is rendering of a station which the new Baltimore Greyhound terminal will look similar to. (Courtesy Greyhound)

Work began Wednesday on a multi-million dollar Greyhound bus terminal long planned off Russell Street in Baltimore, south of the two sports stadiums and close to the Horseshoe Casino.

The 9,516-square-foot Greyhound Intermodal Terminal is expected to take about a year to complete and cost approximately $8 million, said Adrienne Barnes, a city transportation spokeswoman.

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It is being paid for with a $4.146 million Federal Transit Administration grant, announced by the city in 2012. Greyhound will pay the remainder of the cost, Barnes said.

The new facility is being built adjacent to a temporary terminal erected in 2004 at 2110 Haines Street, which will be demolished upon completion of the current project.

The new facility is expected to improve transportation options in the city and spur economic growth, city officials said at a groundbreaking at the site.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who helped bring the federal grant to the city, said in a statement that the facility will "create a seamless connection between intercity bus service and local MTA service."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the project "a great example of what can be achieved when federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private entities work in partnership."

Michael Fleischhauer, Greyhound's regional vice president, said the new facility is "evidence of the growth Greyhound continues to experience and the strides the company is making to enhance the customer experience."

The company said the new facility would offer more than 60 daily routes to cities across the country — including Washington, Virginia Beach and New York — and feature a Pizza Hut and package express service.

It expects to complete the facility by December 2015.

The new terminal was envisioned initially as part of the now-abandoned "Gateway South" development project led by former Ravens player Ray Lewis.

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