The company’s Art Deco-style storefront and “BUS” sign are still prominent landmarks on W. Huron–but they’re now just a skin on a new Residence Inn. Behind the facade, Zingerman’s is building an events space called the Greyline.
Greyhound suffered strikes and bankruptcies after the bus business was deregulated in the 1980s, but lately has been rejuvenating its image with a refreshed logo and a new navy blue and dark gray color scheme. Riders on its refurbished buses enjoy wireless Internet, power outlets, and leather seating.
Waiting for the bus, though, isn’t nearly so comfortable. In July 2014, Greyhound signed a two-year contract with the Downtown Development Authority for a tiny office tucked beneath a ramp in the Fourth and William parking structure. It’s not always staffed, and when it is, tickets are sold from a bunker-like window facing the sidewalk. Passengers wait at the curb with no protection from the elements–even the metal seating previously installed for AAATA passengers has been removed.
Sharing the AAATA’s Blake Transit Center across the street seems like the obvious solution, but an AAATA spokesperson explains that “schedules could clash and we wouldn’t have enough room.” A Greyhound spokesperson emails that the company is “considering multiple relocation sites in Ann Arbor but nothing has been solidified.”
At least Greyhound has its hole in the wall a little longer: in July, the DDA extended the lease till the end of the year.