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Greyhound move means some revenue for city

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Greyhound Lines Inc. has moved to the Pecos Trails Transit station on North Main Street. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The city of Roswell is getting some additional revenue now that Greyhound Line Inc. has closed its free-standing station and relocated to the city bus station.

The long-distance bus company provides transportation to El Paso and Amarillo, Texas, from Roswell Tuesday through Saturday, as well as freight service.

About a month ago, the company moved to the Pecos Trails Transit depot on North Main and Fifth streets, a building that was the original location for Greyhound’s service when it started operating in Roswell.

For several years, Greyhound was instead operating out of its own building at North Virginia Avenue and East 11th Street.

Crystal Booker, a communications specialist with the bus company, chose not to answer questions about what prompted the relocation or what will happen to the former depot. County property records show that the 1,200-square-foot metal building and the 13,224-square-foot parcel of land it sits on belong to Texas-New Mexico-Oklahoma Coaches Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia.

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She did say that the relocation means Greyhound customers now have direct access to local buses.

“Transitioning to a multimodal transit center has provided our customers with seamless access to Pecos Trails Transit,” Booker said. “We are coordinating with the city to provide tickets, and we are working towards having the city provide freight service as well at a later date.”

Anna Aragon, director of Pecos Trails Transit, said the city is now receiving a fee from Greyhound to allow it to use its facility and for city employees to provide ticketing service for Greyhound, a fee that could increase if labor costs go up significantly or if city employees also begin handling freight on behalf of Greyhound.

She also said at a recent meeting that Pecos Trails Transit’s ridership has increased some since Greyhound relocated.