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Greyhound station to close

JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

For the second time in less than a year, Truckee will be without a Greyhound agent, and the bus company is seeking applicants to operate its Truckee office after it closes Dec. 15.

Area Transit Management, the firm which operates the Truckee Trolley and Dial-a-Ride, as well as public transportation services on the South Shore, took over operation of the bus station in April on a month to month basis, five months after the previous agent had departed. ATM General Manager Ken Daley said the company hoped its arrangement with Greyhound would help pay for some operating expenses, but found that ATM was not making any profit on the deal.

“We never intended to make much money, but hoped it would help offset some operating costs,” Daley said. “It didn’t work out that way.”

He said that when ATM evaluated its strategy and staffing for the coming year, the company realized it would have to cease its operations as Greyhound agent.

“We’re in the transit business, and we’re focusing our energy and attention back on moving people in Truckee,” Daley said. “If our business was tickets and travel, that would be another story. But that’s not our business.”

Daley said ATM parted on good terms with Greyhound.

Greyhound sales agent Paul Branson, who is in charge of finding another person to operate the Truckee office, said ATM did an excellent job of providing service to its customers.

“We’ve been very happy with them,” he said. “They’ve done a good job and have been good to our customers.”

He said that Greyhound appreciated ATM stepping into the vacuum left after the previous agent departed.

“I don’t have anything negative to say about them other than they are leaving,” he said.

Branson said he was in town Tuesday looking for someone to take over the agent’s spot, either at the current location in the downtown depot or at some other spot in town.

“The only problem is that in a community the size of Truckee, it is hard to have a standalone bus station,” Branson said. “There’s no money in it.” He said stations in small towns are usually paired with another business, such as a deli, which provides a service to bus customers.

“Ideally, Greyhound tries to locate the agency with another business,” Branson said.

He said the Greyhound agency will close soon, and customers will have to purchase bus tickets from the driver.

“Most likely, we are going to have to close by the end of next week,” Branson said. “Unless we are real lucky, it will probably be the middle of January before we can re-open. We will continue to provide service to Truckee, but people will have to buy their tickets fro m the driver.”

“No matter whether it stays in its current location or another location, it has to have another business associated with it,” Branson said. “It cannot stand on its own.” He said if there is no way to work out another business at the depot to help support the agency, Greyhound would be willing to look at other locations.

If any business owner is interested in serving as the Greyhound agent for Truckee, Branson said they should call him at his Sacramento office, at (916) 444-3025.

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