By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A decades-long eyesore could be about to disappear from downtown Sacramento. City leaders are anxious to shut down the Greyhound bus station near K Street Mall.

The lease sign is finally up. After years of talk, it appears that Greyhound really will be making its last stop at this station on the corner of 7th and l. But not everyone is so sure.

“We’re waiting to see when they’re moving, that’s all,” said Alex Taher who works across from the Greyhound station.

Alex works at the convenience store across the street and has heard the talk before. Back in January 2008 Mayor Heather Fargo said it would happen. Three and a half years later, Greyhound is still here. This time, a new station is finally ready on Richards Boulevard. The sign there says open in 2012, but the city now says it will be ready next month. Greyhound employees say the bus company has agreed to move in immediately, leaving 7th and I empty.

It’s supposed to be a major step towards cleaning up downtown.

“Not only just moving greyhound, I think it’s a great location for the city…over on Richards Boulevard, but its not gonna make a difference as far as cleaning up downtown,” said Willie Woods a Sacramento resident.

Along with the seedy hotels Greyound has been blamed for bringing crime to K Street Mall and the surrounding downtown neighborhood. Last month police responded to 48 calls for service at the station — nearly twice as many as at the Amtrak station five blocks away.

It’s been years in the making, but this is one Greyhound move with a lot riding on it.

Comments (12)
  1. Mike Kelley says:

    Remember this is Sacramento,the home of red tape and morons who can’t get things done without someone getting offended and their panties in a bunch….wanna bet?

  2. Hank A. says:

    Only memory I have of the station is back in 1988 I ate at the Burger King that was in the building and got violently sick from eating there.

  3. Richard D. says:

    I didn’t know that “L” street was considered “K” street.

  4. Marcia says:

    just going to leave another blighted hole.

  5. brainsurgeon says:

    great move now it will take twice as long for the police to respond to the slime that hangs out around richards blvd. bothering the passengers

  6. Eightcats Home says:

    Moving now is a really bad idea…if you’re anyone but a “leadership” windbag. There’s no light rail transit at Richards right now. What are all the elderly bus travelers going to do? Are you comfortable with turning all the mothers with small children out to walk from Richards to the light railhead at the Amtrak station? There’s plenty of river camping for homeless sex offenders near Richards! At the current location, the light rail, with a baggage ramp, is just outside the station doors. Don’t tell me “reliable RT bus service” will be available at Richards..

  7. vallie says:

    Greyhound should move to Sac Valley Station. Most cities have the airport, amtrak and bus and city transit at one location.

    1. cityfella says:

      The Richards Blvd locations is temporary…. It will eventually move to Sac Valley Station….

  8. cody says:

    yeah, like the bums and riff raff have $65to take a bus. I dont see the benefit, yeah lets completely empty the building so there are no more people to report the robberies, rapes and murders that occur in an “occupied” bulidng.

  9. Linda says:

    How about we take all the bums, dregs, losers, riff-raff and panhandlers and put them on a one way Greyhound bus trip to San Francisco. That liberal city loves non productive zeros.

    1. Just a guy says:

      Guess San Francisco is so non-productive that millions more visit it every year than SacTown and it’s a lot more productive than your “conservative” city of Sacramento.

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