The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 31, 2013

Norman needs a terminal

NORMAN — Oklahoma City’s bus station was a downtown fixture for more than 70 years. It closes this week, and travelers will begin using a new station on Reno Avenue, just east of Bricktown.

It represents a solid commitment on the part of Greyhound to continue bus service in central Oklahoma. We hope that same level of commitment could trickle down to Norman.

Our city’s bus station is a bench and convenience store on North Porter Avenue, south of Norman Regional Hospital. It formerly was located in a separate building on Hal Muldrow Avenue, much closer to the interstate. Before the station on Hal Muldrow, it was on Main Street, near the railroad tracks.

Cross-country buses exit the interstate on Robinson, travel on Porter, then head back to the interstate, often cutting through central Norman neighborhoods. (We’ve seen them trying to navigate a turn on North Crawford Avenue.)

Oklahoma City’s new terminal happened because the old building was purchased and will likely be redeveloped. New office buildings and an elementary school are going up nearby.

If it hasn’t already happened, Norman transportation planners need to be in contact with bus operators and get on the radar for a new terminal within closer proximity to the interstate.

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