December 29, 2013

Greyhound seeks new Augusta location after airport station closes

Greyhound may keep a bus stop at Augusta State Airport, but has no plans to reopen the little-used station.

By Paul Koenig pkoenig@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Greyhound Lines is seeking another place in the city for a bus station after it closed its Augusta State Airport location earlier this month when the longtime station agents retired.

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Closed: A Greyhound bus drops off and picks up customers Dec. 4 at the station at the Augusta State Airport. Greyhound Lines, which closed the station Dec. 20, is looking to open in a new location in the city.

Staff file photo by Andy Molloy

A spokeswoman for the Dallas-based company said the station at the airport wasn’t a popular location, but the bus stop will likely remain for people who get off at the airport or board there if they’ve already purchased tickets online or by phone.

Greyhound closed the location at the airport Dec. 20 after Lynda and Mike MacFarland, who had been selling Greyhound bus tickets for more than 30 years, retired. The couple became agents for Greyhound in 1982, while they owned the Depot News in downtown Augusta, before moving in 2003 to the airport.

Mike MacFarland also operated the adjacent Hertz rental car counter, which also closed when he retired.

A representative from Hertz said the company will reopen the rental car location early next year.

Greyhound is one of two bus services in Augusta. Concord Coach Lines opened a bus terminal in north Augusta in 2008.

Lanesha Gipson, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, said Friday morning that the airport location had a low volume of travelers using the station. She said the company would like to open up another station in Augusta as soon as possible.

Airport Manager John Guimond didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Paul Koenig — 207-621-5663pkoenig@centralmaine.comTwitter: @paul_koenig
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