New Life for Iconic Greyhound Station
The Greater Binghamton Transportation Center (GBTC) opened for business in July 2010. More than 26 years in the making, the GBTC accomplished an important goal of Binghamton’s long-range revitalization plan – to build an intermodal transportation hub that would provide centralized public transportation and serve as the gateway to the city.
The GBTC’s impact was felt almost immediately. Bus riders traveling to New York City and other areas started flowing through the center which houses three inter-city carriers – Greyhound and Shortline/Coach USA and BC Transit – in one combined location.
Revitalization is taking place as business owners on surrounding streets have painted their buildings and shop fronts, replaced damaged sidewalks and paved parking lots. The City of Binghamton completely renovated and remade Kennedy Park, which is directly across the street from the historic façade entrance to the facility. Retail shops have opened in the Center and a 1930’s era diner – The Twilight Diner – is now open for business.
Wendel provided architectural design services, landscape architecture, structural engineering, environmental documentation, and construction administration for the project. Wendel also conducted the site selection study. Don Gray, vice president of Wendel’s Public Transportation Group says the local community and the Wendel team pushed for the proposed site and for preserving the original 1938 Greyhound Terminal façade, which was successfully incorporated into the overall facility.
“The design has individuals entering through the vintage bus terminal façade and continuing into the modern intermodal facility,” Gray says. “When they exit the terminal to board the buses, they are facing Prospect Avenue which is a vibrant urban arts community. So symbolically, people step into the history of Binghamton and then move forward into the future of the city.”
For many inter-city travelers, the new intermodal center is their first impression of Binghamton. Thanks to the revitalization the GBTC has spurred adjacent to the city’s central business district, that impression will be a positive one.