Greyhound temporarily extends area hub service

Greyhound will continue service out of the Northwest Transit Center in Trotwood through October, after reaching an agreement with the Greater Dayton RTA to extend their expiring contract.

Greyhound was planning to stop service at the end of September after failing to reach a new agreement to keep using the Regional Transit Authority hub.

Greyhound is looking for a new location but doesn’t have an update yet, according to Crystal Booker, spokeswoman for the company.

The Greater Dayton RTA said in a statement that the agreement was reached early Monday morning with Greyhound to extend service through Oct. 31.

The Trotwood hub is the only Greyhound stop in the Dayton metropolitan area. Some of the next-closest stops include sites in Springfield, Oxford, Lima and Cincinnati.

RTA CEO Mark Donaghy previously said about 18 Greyhound bus trips came through the hub per day.

Donaghy had said RTA’s contract to serve as a local agent for Greyhound wouldn’t be renewed after it expires because the two parties couldn’t reach a fair agreement.

According to the RTA, the issue went back to the beginning of the year when the RTA made a couple of proposals that Greyhound rejected and Greyhound offered to reduce how much it paid the RTA.

Some of the services RTA provided included selling tickets, sharing the Trotwood transit center and providing space for drivers to come in and do electronic check-ins.

Founded in 1914, Greyhound made it through a 1990 bankruptcy filing but has faced competition as low gas prices reduce the cost of driving and people flock to alternatives such as cheap flights.

Reuters reported in May that its parent company FirstGroup, based in the United Kingdom, announced it was going to sell the bus service.

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