Retro Charlotte

Railway station to Greyhound terminal

Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1977
Greyhound Bus Terminal, 1977 The Charlotte Observer

My first and only trip on a Greyhound bus was in 1980, to visit my friend at UNC-Chapel Hill. I was a little nervous about what the other passengers would be like and if the terminal was safe. But everything went fine and it was a confidence-booster.

The City announced plans for the new Greyhound station in February 1972. The Charlotte Observer reported that after years of delay, the new bus terminal would be built in downtown Charlotte where the Southern Railway passenger station once stood.

"The site, now a vacant lot, is at 601 W. Trade Street between the Southern Railway overpass and Graham Street. The land that runs through to W. Fourth Street is about a block from the present bus station, and costs the company $120,500." The old railway passenger terminal was demolished in1962, after Southern Railway moved to a new site on North Tryon Street.

The new terminal included a large waiting room, a Post House cafeteria, ticket offices and offices for executives and express room. The Traveler's Hotel and popular Presto Grill stood to the east of the bus station.

Greyhound had been operating out of the Union Bus Terminal at 418 W. Trade St. That terminal was razed in 2004 as part of Johnson & Wales University construction.

The Greyhound station was dedicated Nov. 15, 1973.

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