The years-long push to move Sacramento's Greyhound bus terminal from L Street downtown is about to get underway.
City and Greyhound officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at a new terminal on Richards Boulevard, north of downtown and the planned railyard development. The new station will open next week, perhaps as early as next Tuesday.
Both company and city officials have lauded the move. Downtown interests have long lobbied to move the Greyhound terminal from Seventh and L Streets, complaining that it has created traffic congestion and been a magnet for crime.
Greyhound is also pleased with the move, saying the new terminal is cleaner, more environmentally-friendly and more efficient than the downtown station.
At a morning press conference today, Mayor Kevin Johnson said the downtown station "has been an eyesore for many years" and that city officials are hoping that replacing the terminal will be part of the broader revitalization of the downtown core.
Danny Benvenuti, who owns the terminal building on L Street, said he has heard from several people interested in developing the site, but that no plan is in place.