By Edwin Folven, 7/21/2011
Passengers Will Have to Use North Hollywood or Downtown Stations
Those looking to “Go Greyhound” will have to travel farther after it was announced that Greyhound’s Hollywood bus station will close on July 28.
The Greyhound station has been located at 1715 N. Hollywood Blvd. since 2000, and provides 21 routes to destinations throughout the country, according to Greyhound spokesperson Timothy Stokes. After the closure, passengers are being directed to the downtown station at 1716 E. 7th St., and the North Hollywood station, at 11239 Magnolia Blvd.
Stokes would not provide specifics about why the station was closing, adding “we are trying to consolidate locations.” He also said Greyhound does not provide information on the number of passenger boardings because of the “competitiveness of the industry.” However, the Los Angeles station ranks as the fifth busiest terminal the company operates.
“We are not stopping service altogether, just consolidating,” Stokes said. “Although we are consolidating services, we are still looking to provide affordable transportation services at our other locations.”
Stokes added that the company is still considering what to do with the property, which is located just north of Hollywood Boulevard, and no plans have been announced for a sale. Julie Wong, a deputy to City Council President Eric Garcetti, 13th District, added that Garcetti’s staff had not been contacted about the closure or a sale of the site.
Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Entertainment District and the Hollywood Business Improvement District, said the Greyhound building is surrounded by land owned by Robertson Properties between Cahuenga Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue. There have been no development plans for the surrounding areas announced by Robertson Properties, Morrison added, but she would like to see the Greyhound station turned into something that would serve the neighborhood.
“It is a pretty desirable property because of its location, and in another week it will be vacant,” Morrison added. “Having some type of business, maybe a restaurant, would be preferable to putting a fence up around it and having it stay vacant.”