After more than eight decades, Greyhound is putting the brakes on its bus service in Omaha.
After Aug. 15, the bus line will no longer have runs to and from the area.
Burlington Trailways, a Midwestern bus line based in West Burlington, Iowa, will take over Greyhound's abandoned routes the next day. Burlington takes passengers to 42 Midwestern cities, including Indianapolis, Denver and Chicago.
Greyhound spokesman Timothy Stokes said the company decided to stop Omaha service after it evaluated routes nationwide. He declined to specify the reason. Citing company policy, Stokes also declined to disclose the number of riders a year who rode Greyhound buses to and from Omaha.
The closest Greyhound service will now be in Kansas City, Mo., company officials said.
Among those gathered last week at Omaha's Greyhound station, Andrea Rozman, 47, of Columbus, Neb., was on her way home from visiting relatives in Wisconsin.
She, like many of the bus service's passengers, described herself as low-income. After riding on Greyhound for 30 years, she worries about higher fares once Burlington takes over.
Burlington Trailways Vice President Marty Bradley said the change should, for the most part, be in name only. He said Burlington didn't pay Greyhound to take over its Omaha service and will continue to operate out of the downtown station at 16th and Jackson Streets.
Fares will be comparable to Greyhound's, he said, and most if not all of Greyhound's workers in the area will be able to stay on with Burlington, if they want.
“We'll keep on everybody that we can,” Bradley said.
The line will take over all of Greyhound's Omaha routes, including one of its most popular, the Omaha to Chicago route, which has stops in Des Moines, Iowa City, Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Ill.
For Greyhound, the departure ends a relationship that stretches back to at least the 1930s, based on World-Herald archives.
The company iconically marketed its services during the late 1970s and early 1980s, as Americans felt the aftershocks of inflation and high gas prices. “Go Greyhound ... and leave the driving to us,” the ads said.
First-time Greyhound traveler Anissia Huerta, 17, spent more than 24 hours last week traveling from her home in Sandusky, Ohio, to Aberdeen, S.D., with her son, 6-month-old Hunter Stephens, and her cousin, Thomas Newberry, 18. They were visiting Huerta's parents.
Huerta said the bus tickets cost them roughly $200 each. But it would have cost them $100 more apiece to fly.
She was happy to ride and would again, regardless of who was driving.
“I don't do heights,” Huerta said, “so I don't do planes.”
World-Herald researcher Jeanne Hauser contributed to this report.
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