Bus station to remain open

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 4, 2005

Owner John Ivey says reports of the demise of Selma’s bus depot are greatly exaggerated.

Ivey countered media reports saying his business would close. On Friday, he announced that even though Greyhound will not be stopping in Selma, the depot is and will be open.

“(Our) Western Union will be open, my home phone service will still be open,” he said adding that there is still a possibility for bus service in Selma.

Ivey said Capital Trailways officials are considering serving Selma with regular bus service.

“There’s a possibility,” he said.

Ivey, who was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, said that media jumped the gun on the story.

“The only thing that is known to be a fact is that Greyhound will not run down Highway 80.

At this point, nobody knows anything.”

When contacted, Capital Trailways of Alabama officials said they could not comment until a decision is made, but said one was coming soon.

Starting June 21, Greyhound will no longer serve 39 stations in Alabama, many of them located here in the Black Belt.

On Wednesday, Greyhound spokesperson Eric Wesley said the route stoppages are part of a large restructuring plan to close stations that have not been profitable over the past few years.

“We are reducing our schedule frequency across the Southeast,” Wesley said. “We are closing those stations where customer demand hasn’t been that high.”