BANGOR, Maine — After 62 years of doing business through agents in Bangor, Greyhound Lines is moving its local ticket sales operation to Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant in Hermon.
Peter Brountas, whose family has served as Greyhound agents since 1950, said Wednesday that Bangor Bus Terminal was notified of the change, effective April 16, through a certified letter that arrived on Tuesday.
“It’s my understanding that this is part of a nationwide effort to cut costs,” said Brountas, who followed in the footsteps of his father, Arthur Brountas, and uncle George Brountas when he began selling bus tickets for Greyhound at the age of 14.
In recent years, Greyhound has been shifting its ticket sales operations from traditional terminal settings to less expensive options, including truck stops and gas stations, he said.
“They did it in Waterville,” he said.
In 2010, Greyhound moved its operations to J & S Oil on Kennedy Memorial Drive from its former location at Waterville’s Robert LaFleur Airport, according to a press release on its corporate website.
The company’s website has numerous press releases about similar changes in other cities throughout the nation.
The Bangor Bus Terminal is located in a highly visible spot in downtown Bangor at the corner of Main and Union streets. It is handy to the Community Connector hub at Pickering Square, the Concord Coach Lines terminal on Union Street, Bangor International Airport and several taxi companies.
It was not immediately clear if shuttle service would be offered from those locations to Dysart’s.
Brountas said it isn’t yet clear what he will do with the soon-to-be-vacated space in the building, which also houses the Main Tavern, among other things. He did not reject the notion of an expansion of the tavern, which has karaoke four nights a week and has a DJ on a fifth night, but neither did he confirm that.
With downtown Bangor in the midst of a revival and new entertainment offerings such as the Waterfront Concert Series now available, Brountas said he is considering a range of options.
“We have a few ideas,” he said. “This does give us new opportunities we have never had.”