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Greyhound closing 39 stations in Alabama; Decatur spared

By Jay Wilson
DAILY Business Writer

jwilson@decaturdaily.com 340-2440

Decatur's Greyhound bus station escaped the chopping block Thursday, but Athens' station was not so lucky.

According to the Associated Press, Greyhound will discontinue service to 39 Alabama cities, including Athens. The bus line will continue in Decatur and 11 other cities. June 20 is the announced closing date.

A spokesperson said Greyhound hopes to increase profitability by concentrating on areas with more customers, adding that less than one customer per day visited some stations.

Decatur's Greyhound station is the subject of a zoning dispute, and the City Council is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

In April, the Decatur Planning Commission granted Greyhound bus-stop operator David Deldar's request to rezone Corner Express Food Mart on West Moulton Street as B-2, instead of its current B-1 zoning. B-2 zoning would allow for a bus station at the business.

The City Council must give its approval for the zoning change to take effect.

In addition to Athens, Greyhound will discontinue service to these cities: Abbeville, Alexander City, Andalusia, Atmore, Auburn, Bay Minette, Bessemer, Camden, Centreville, Childersburg, Clanton, Cullman, Demopolis, Enterprise, Eufaula, Eutaw, Evergreen, Florence, Grove Hill, Hurtsboro, Jackson, Jasper, Lanett, Livingston, Marion, Mount Vernon, Phenix City, Pine Hill, Selma, Sulligent, Sylacauga, Talladega, Thomasville, Union Springs, Uniontown, West Blocton, Winfield and York.

In addition to Decatur's station, stations will remain open in Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Troy, Tuscaloosa and Tuskegee.

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