Megabus stop moves west to Greyhound terminal

Megabus stop moves west to Greyhound terminal
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Megabus is moving in with Greyhound and will begin dropping off and picking up passengers near the Memphis International Airport.

The discount bus carrier will move service to MATA’s Airways Transit Center at 3033 Airways Blvd starting December 5.

Megabus had been operating at the American Way Transit Center – four miles to the east – for the last two years after moving out of downtown Memphis.

The Airways Transit Center opened in 2011 and is MATA’s only facility to offer a 24/7 indoor customer waiting area with restrooms.

“The move streamlines intercity bus carriers at one location making it more accessible and easier to accommodate people using those services,” Nicole Lacey with MATA wrote in an email.

Megabus will arrive and depart from bays 16 and 17 at the center. Short term parking is available on the property, but cars cannot be left overnight.

The Megabus model has traditionally avoided the costs of using a physical bus terminal, opting instead to meet customers at the curb in other cities.

While Greyhound pays for use of the transit center, Lacey declined to say if Megabus is paying for access to the bays and deferred questions back to Coach USA, the parent company of Megabus.

The Memphis stop currently offers service to Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Little Rock, and St. Louis in the company’s signature double-decker blue buses.

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