The new Sacramento Greyhound bus station is now environmentally the “greenest” in the country with a LEED silver certification. The new station replaces the L Street location. See, the KCRA Sacramento article, New Sacramento Bus Terminal Officially Open, and the July 28, 2011 Sacramento Bee article by Whitney Mountain, Greyhound opens new bus terminal on Richards Blvd. – Sacramento Bee. The bus terminal is now open and located in Sacramento at 420 Richards Blvd. The first incoming Greyhound bus rolled into Sacramento Greyhound Bus terminal coming from Los Angeles. It arrived this morning at 6:00 a.m.
Sacramento now has the most green new Greyhound bus terminal in the nation. Some of the green construction in the Sacramento station consists of vaulted ceilings and thermal field floors that help to lower the temperature in the building – reducing the need for air conditioning run by electricity.
The natural light in the ceilings that work in conjunction with the station’s electrical lights. What actually happens to save energy costs is that the lights automatically dim when there is enough natural light in the room coming from the sun.
With so much less foot traffic and more access to freeways, the station is supposed to be safer for customers. The problem is that a lot of elderly people and individuals with disabilities use the bus because they don’t drive. How are they expected to get to the station when it’s so far from other buses and light rail stops? There will be a light rail extension built soon as construction is ongoing, but could not be completed quickly enough to be there when the station opened yesterday. In due time, the light rail will be extended to the bus terminal. But in the meantime, less foot traffic and closeness to freeways is great for the drivers of the buses, but for people with slow mobility who don’t drive and who are wheeling suitcases from bus to light rail to bus to light rail over and over to get the the station, the decision is whether to use the bus or Amtrak. But that depends upon what city is serviced by the bus and which city by Amtrak. They are not always the same.
For example, you need a train to get to Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, or Emeryville, but a Greyhound bus will take you directly to San Francisco. So you have to decide whether you want green or want a specific city. And maybe soon you’ll have both. For example, you can’t buy a ticket from a live person at Berkeley, you have to swipe your credit or debit card in a ticket machine, impossible for some people with disabilities or the elderly who are used to dealing with live people to buy a ticket or if there is visual impairment. But as for the Greyhound station, there is less foot traffic. And it is safer for the customers in the building.
Greyhound moved from 7th and L Sts that was right on a bus stop and light rail stop to the 420 Richards Blvd location, quite a hike from downtown. Meanwhile, there should be redevelopment of retail and restaurant activity in the future at the old location downtown. When the bus stop was downtown, many workers in the area complained about the transients hanging around the station that made it unsightly to walk in that area to get to the shopping mall at 7th and L or to wait for a city bus at that corner. With the bus terminal relocated, perhaps that area of the city also can become greener.