I’ve mentioned a few times in this blog that as part of the High Speed Rail (HSR) project, Gryehound has moved from their old location to the Amtrak station. For a couple of years, the old station will be used by HSR personnel, and then it will be demolished when it is time to build the new rail station in that very spot. Presumably, Greyhound will then move back.
Let’s start by taking a look at the old station.
Here we see the station with the baseball stadium in the background.
The iconic bus signs.
The portion on the right used to be a cafeteria I have no idea how many years that side of the complex has been abandoned.
A close up look at the old cafeteria…
And a peak inside the station. Unfortunately, I never took pictures when the station was active. Woops.
And here’s a look at the back of the station, which featured a very large parking lot for the buses. I guess the company will still be using that area for now.
Back out front, we see the station from the stadium
Ok, so that’s the old station. Now let’s explore the new (much smaller) station. And by new, well, it’s over 100 years old, but it looks nice.
Here we approach the Amtrak station. The new 7-11 is across the street from it.
The new sign.
The front of the building has not been modified at all, although this door leads to the Greyhound waiting area, which is separate from the Amtrak waiting area.
Looks pretty nice!
Much, much smaller than the old station, but I doubt crowds get much larger than this. Also, there are now bathrooms here and also in the Amtrak area, which is good if one of them ever breaks down.
One of the doors leads to the Amtrak side, with the outdoor Amtrak waiting area in the distance.
The other side pops us out here, with the 7-11 in the back.
Turning left we see some bicycle parkin.
And then some more waiting space, outside, but well sheltered.
Their boarding system.
This loop is now bus only. It fits 3 buses, barely.
Here’s another bus coming in!
The station has parking…but now it’s only for Amtrak customers. If you are riding on Amtrak, you show the ticket agent your ticket and they give you a permit for your car. I believe the permit allows unlimited free parking.
Amtrak and Greyhound customers still have access to a car roundabout for pickups and dropoffs.
Unfortunately fitting three buses requires the first bus to encroach into the crosswalk. You can see the bus stopped in a permanent wheel grab thing, which I assume was installed so the three buses fit perfectly. The drivers need to be careful of pedestrians when leaving.
This bus has quite the trip ahead of it.
Across the street, another bus area was carved out for YARTS. The Amtrak station has finally become a multi-modal terminal!
And here we see a bus leaving to CA-99, in front of the new First Five building.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!