CASA GRANDE — Passengers who need to take a bus out of town need to first get to the bus depot — which now is out of town.
Greyhound Bus service officially pulled out of the Casa Grande market this fall, following a lengthy ordeal with city officials this summer. City Council members voted not to allow the bus stop to remain at the Chevron station at Trekell and Kortsen roads, citing safety and other concerns raised by neighbors and planning commissioners.
City staff had given Greyhound time to secure a new, more suitable location in Casa Grande; however, one was not found.
A Greyhound spokeswoman said the company continues to try and find a location in the city.
“We are actively working with the city of Casa Grande to find a permanent location. We have had open, positive conversations with community leaders as we continue to work towards returning service to Casa Grande citizens. Currently, customers must travel to Tucson or Mesa to access Greyhound’s network,” said Crystal Booker, a Greyhound spokeswoman.
The city’s planning and development director, Paul Tice, told PinalCentral that the company has expressed an interest in returning to Casa Grande.
“From our perspective we think the 24/7 Fitness site on Trekell Road has potential to be a good location, but (we’re) not sure if the property owner nor Greyhound are interested in a business relationship. The zoning of that site would require a public hearing and the approval of a conditional use permit by the Planning Commission,” Tice said.
The commission denied a zoning change to the site of Chevron, which had been the bus stop for a year. The council upheld that decision, resulting in Greyhound’s inability to operate in the city.