Greyhound Lines to Close 35 Terminals
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Greyhound Lines Inc. will close 35 of its 125 bus terminals nationwide by Oct. 1, officials of the Phoenix-based bus company have announced.
Greyhound spokesman Herb Doherty said he was unable to provide projected savings or the number of jobs affected by the closings, which were announced Tuesday.
James Cushing-Murray, president of the largest local union of Greyhound employees, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1222 in Los Angeles, estimated the 35 closures will affect fewer than 500 employees.
Fred Dunikoski, Greyhound president, said earlier this month that the company probably will eliminate 1,500 to 2,000 jobs by year’s end, reducing its work force to fewer than 10,000 employees. In addition to terminal closings, the company plans to discontinue some routes and may eliminate charter operations, he said.
Greyhound intends to get out of the costly terminal business by closing and selling terminals and providing service through independent agents who would receive a commission on ticket sales, Dunikoski said. He added that Greyhound expects to generate $100 million to $150 million from selling the terminals.
A contract proposal that was rejected by the carrier’s union employees in January provided for closing all terminals by 1989. Terminal workers were to be given severance allowances and first consideration when Greyhound selected its independent agents.
The 35 terminals targeted for closing are in Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Scranton, and Erie, Pa.; Norfolk, Roanoke, and Richmond, Va.; Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Augusta, Ga.; Charleston and Greenville, S.C.; Evansville, Ind.; Daytona and Miami, Fla.; New Orleans; Kansas City, Springfield, and Joplin, Mo.; Madison, Wis.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Rockford, Ill.; Long Beach, Redding, Stockton, Redwood City, and Vallejo, Calif.; Olympia, Spokane, and Tacoma, Wash.; and Tucson.