BANGOR, Maine — Come Monday, travelers using Greyhound Lines to get to destinations in the northern half of the state will see some changes.
That’s because after 62 years of doing business through agents in Bangor, Greyhound Lines announced in mid-March that it is moving its local ticket sales operation to Dysart’s Truck Stop & Restaurant in Hermon.
Timothy Dysart, vice president of Dysart’s, said that the truck stop and restaurant on Cold Brook Road will begin handling Greater Bangor’s Greyhound passengers effective April 16.
Despite the six-mile shift from downtown Bangor to Hermon, Dysart said departure and arrival times will remain the same.
Greyhound passengers who need to get from Bangor to Hermon, however, will have to make their own arrangements. There are no plans for shuttle service, Dysart confirmed Tuesday.
To accommodate riders who need to connect to Greyhound, Cyr Bus Lines will extend its northern route, which starts in Caribou, to Dysart’s, also effective April 16, Dana Laughlin, a dispatcher for the Old Town-based line, said Tuesday.
The Cyr bus will continue to make its stop at the Concord Coach Lines terminal on Union Street in Bangor but will discontinue stops at the University of Maine in Orono and Hollywood Casino in Bangor, Laughlin said.
Laughlin said those two stops are being scrapped to ensure its drivers are able to meet U.S. Department of Transportation federal hours of service regulations and other rules.
Neither of the two soon-to-be discontinued stops were busy, he said, adding that Cyr Bus picked up or dropped off as few as one or two passengers a month at UMaine.
Peter Brountas, whose family has served as Greyhound agents since 1950, said last month that it is his understanding that the change is one outcome of Greyhound’s nationwide effort to cut costs.
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.
That occurred in Maine in 2010 when 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 cities throughout the nation.
Located in a highly visible spot in downtown Bangor at the corner of Main and Union streets, the current Greyhound Station 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.
Given downtown Bangor’s increasing number of entertainment and hospitality attractions, Brountas said last month he is considering a range of options.
On Tuesday, however, Brountas said it still isn’t clear what he will do with the soon-to-be-vacated space in the building, which also houses the Main Tavern, among other things.
“A logical move would be to expand the tavern,” which he noted has karaoke four nights a week and a DJ on a fifth night.