Houston city leaders expressed their frustration and disappointment upon discovering that Greyhound intends to shut down its extensive downtown hub and relocate to a smaller terminal on Harrisburg Boulevard in Magnolia Park.
The new hub has been scaled down significantly, being only a quarter of the size of the Main Street terminal. This has raised concerns among leaders about how everything will be condensed and function effectively.
Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed surprise at the possibility of the store closing or being sold, particularly considering its prime location.
Even the highest-ranking leader in Houston was caught off guard by the suddenness of the change, which took place in less than 24 hours.
Turner mentioned that he discovered the information in the morning and is currently looking into it.
Councilmember Robert Gallegos, representing District I, was taken by surprise when he received a text on Tuesday night informing him that the Houston Greyhound hub would be relocating to his district.
Gallegos expressed surprise and acknowledged that he was not aware of the situation until a community member brought it to his attention via text. He also expressed his disappointment that Greyhound did not reach out to the council member directly.
Gallegos expressed his desire for prior approval from the city, although it was not necessary due to the presence of a small Greyhound terminal in the area.
Gallegos expressed surprise and mentioned that she currently lacks any information, making it easy to contact her.
According to the interview with ABC13, the lack of prior notice prevented him from addressing a significant concern. He highlighted the existing crime problem in the Main Street hub and expressed his apprehension about its potential spread to Magnolia Park.
Gallegos assured that security would be provided without a doubt.
In a tweet on X, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia expressed his concern over the sudden announcement, describing Greyhound as “bad neighbors” during their time downtown.
Councilwoman Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, who represents District D, which is the home of the Main Street terminal, has a deep understanding of the numerous and diverse crimes that the hub has attracted. She sincerely hopes that this issue is not transferred to District I.
Evan-Shabazz expressed his utmost priority for the safety of everyone, including both travelers passing through the district and the residents themselves. However, he emphasized that his primary concern lies with the well-being of the district’s residents.