AUSTIN, TX – The Greyhound bus that arrived Tuesday morning at the Richard Moya Eastside Bus Plaza was a few minutes late. But his arrival was a first in this place for the national public transport company.
“It’s a bus station. We want to be a different bus station,” said David Marsh, chief executive of the Capital Area Rural Transportation System.
The organization, known as CARTS, built the new plaza in conjunction with Greyhound and CapMetro. The east Austin location is near the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Airport Blvd. It’s a mobility springboard, according to Marsh.
“We have 172 metro buses a day. We have 16 Greyhound buses per day. We have 25 buses per day. This is from a county where we bring people in and out. are really important and that’s what Project Connect does. This station is probably a bit like a prototype station that you’ll see more of, like on the project that Connect is building, especially in rural areas,” Marsh said.
Among those riding Greyhound in San Antonio was Roland Svensson. He comes from Sweden and is used to a comprehensive public transport system. He praised Austin’s new hub.
“I mean, the quality is very high, but very few people use it, I think because you go by car to the United States, I usually go by bus and train. And so for me, it’s very nice.” Svensson said.
Other travelers said the site was an upgrade from where they took the bus.
“I think it’s perfect, it’s wonderful. It’s a good location, it’s right next to the bus lines, it’s easy to get to,” said Jesse Walker, who was driving to San Antonio.
The new hub in East Austin replaces the Greyhound station located adjacent to the ACC Highland campus. Relocating the bus line is certainly a milestone, but it lacks a transportation link to CapMetro’s new Blue Line light rail location. According to Marsh, Cap Metro buses will provide direct connections to Metro Rail.
“When we built this together, CapMetro and CARTS, CTRMA and TXDOT, the City of Austin all collaborated on this project. Capitol Metro said they intended to be a prototype project for what they want the stations to be so they’re building more stations,” says Marsh.
There were people with Greyhound Tuesday tickets who were unaware of the venue change. A few, like Cristian Olivarri Torres missed the bus.
“I didn’t get any type of notification until I got to the front door, you know, and then I get to the front door and down a shady alley and I’m like, Oh,” Olivarri said. Torres.
The change also surprised a few rideshare drivers. A driver who gave only his first name of Mukaila said he was impressed with the site after finally finding it.
“It’s a very nice place because number one is the strategic place and there is no crowded place. And I like to have a lot of space here for drivers to park,” he said. he declares.
The Hub is also designed to be a community gathering place. The hope is to eventually organize artistic and musical events there.