Greyhound sets up bus service in California

California residents will soon be able to let someone else drive when traveling across the state.

The city announced that Greyhound Lines will offer bus service in the area starting Friday. The company approached the city in May about the possibility of establishing services in the area.

The city and the company reached an agreement after some discussions with Mayor Rich Green. When the motion to work with Greyhound was brought forward at the June council of aldermen meeting, Green severed the bond between the members. The contract stipulates that the city has the option of opting out for a period after the establishment of the bus service.

“We put language in (the contract), where we can exit in 30 days and (Greyhound Lines) can too,” Green told the Democrat. “We’re not obligated for a while for this. If it doesn’t work, or people are worried, or there’s a problem, then (California) can be out of it in 30 days.”

According to the bus service contract, Greyhound Lines will bring public transit to California at least twice a day. Guests can find a bus stop at 108 W. Versailles St. across from the California Nutrition Center on the south side of Smith-Burke Park.

The eastbound bus will arrive in California at 3:25 p.m., travel through Jefferson City, Columbia, and Wentzville and terminate at its destination in St. Louis. Westbound buses will arrive at 7:05 p.m., passing through Warrensburg and terminating at their Kansas City destination.

Customers can find more information about tickets and services through greyhound.com, the Greyhound mobile app or the company’s phone number 1-800-231-2222.

Melvin Z. Madore