NJ Transit says Greyhound ignored their concerns about new terminal reconfiguration

The bus company said it worked with Philadelphia officials in reconfiguring their terminal. But NJ Transit says it was ignored when it raised safety concerns.

Philadelphia’s Greyhound bus depot at 10th and Filbert streets

Philadelphia’s Greyhound bus depot at 10th and Filbert streets. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Greyhound is defending changes it made to its Philadelphia terminal, which prompted NJ Transit to reroute several buses from Philadelphia to Camden.

Company spokesperson Crystal Booker in a statement said that changes to any of the company’s sites “include highly detailed plans, as well as several rounds of testing to ensure operational safety and efficiency.”

“Greyhound worked directly with the city regarding improvements to both the entrance and exit at the Philadelphia terminal,” she said. “Our adjustments successfully meet desired requirements, providing plenty of boarding space for customers and a clear line of sight for drivers.”

NJ Transit cited safety concerns as to why it has removed all of its bus service from the terminal at 10th and Filbert in Center City Philadelphia.

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Five bus lines — 313, 315, 317,408, 409 — now terminate in Camden at the Walter Rand Transportation Center, where customers can transfer to other bus lines — 400, 401, 402, 410, 412 — that go into Philadelphia for no additional cost. PATCO Speedline service is also available at the transit hub in downtown Camden.

Route 551 now terminates one block away from the Greyhound terminal at 10th and Market streets. However, this route will operate a “loop line” beginning April 2, with customers being able to access additional bus stops at Market, Broad, and Vine streets.

NJ Transit’s 551 bus travels on Market Street in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The changes, which went into effect at the end of February, were outlined by Mike Kilcoyne, NJ Transit’s general manager of bus operations, who also explained the safety concerns about the new configuration at the Greyhound terminal at an agency board meeting on March 30.

“The new configuration includes a turn from Arch Street off to 10th Street that is far too tight and narrow,” he said, explaining that buses would be forced to ride the curb or sidewalk in order to make the turn into the terminal.

Kilcoyne also noted the “lack of a proper boarding area for customers, which could result in [them] standing in an active bus lane while waiting to board their bus.”

NJ Transit’s 551 bus travels on Market Street in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)/WHYY)

Greyhound informed the agency of the changes in November 2021, according to Kilcoyne. However, he said the company did not seek any input from the agency, even after concerns were raised.

“Greyhound also rejected New Jersey Transit’s proposal to allow buses to enter via Filbert Street, and exit via 10th Street to allow the lanes to remain as they were and eliminate our safety concerns,” he added.

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Kilcoyne also informed the board that a seasonal bus route would also be affected by removing service from the Greyhound terminal.

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