Greyhound, Megabus and other intercity buses will soon depart from a new location in Philadelphia.
Starting Thursday, Nov. 16, the city’s intercity bus stop will be located in front of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, city officials announced Wednesday. The current curb station at Sixth and Market streets is no longer in use.
City officials decided to move the bus stop after receiving complaints about safety and comfort from travelers, businesses and SEPTA, which rerouted its buses the stop to avoid increased traffic jams there. Signs will be posted at Sixth and Market streets to inform travelers of the change.
The intercity bus stop at Sixth and Market was intended to be temporary, but a large number of complaints — particularly during the summer months when riders waited outside without shade — made the stop “untenable,” city officials said.
As bad as the summer heat may have been, other factors on the horizon threatened to make the situation at Sixth and Market streets even worse. With the holiday travel season just weeks away, city officials were concerned about the expected increase in congestion. Proximity to federal buildings also contributed to the urgent need to relocate the bus stop, city officials said.
The new stop — located near the Spring Garden stop on the Market-Frankford Line and several SEPTA bus routes — is also considered a temporary solution until a permanent station is established. It is used by Greyhound, Peter Pan, FlixBus and Megabus.