*How it Got Started*
The Greensboro Southern Railway Depot was built in 1927 and was one of the most remarkable passenger stations. It was coordinated by the New York architectural firm of Alfred Fellheimer and Steward Wagner. The original station contained a main waiting room with an amazing painting of the Southern Railway network during the 1920's. Currently, the station has a pedestrian tunnel, protruding from the waiting room, under the tracks, and up to the train platforms. The second floor houses local, regional, and interstate bus services.
From May 1979 to October 2005, rail passengers had to wait for the train in a small freight railroad office several miles west of downtown. Authorities from the NC Department of Transportation and the city of Greensboro started working together in 1993 on plans to return passenger rail service to the old station and enhance connections with other modes of transportation.
*The Advantages of Riding a Bus*
- Easy access for everyone(handicapped, children,etc.)
- Good schedule to meet your needs(Mon-Fri: 5:15am-11:30pm~Sat: 6am-10pm~Sun: 6am-6pm)
- Low costs($1.30)
- Takes you to your destination
- Several bus shelters in various locations(UNCG, A&T, Four Seasons, Downtown Greensboro,etc.)
- You feel some what safe with the rules and regulations that the buses have
-Monday-Saturday Route(GTA Routes)
- Route 1: West Wendover Avenue
- Route 2: Four Seasons
- Route 3: North Elm Street
- Route 4: Benbow/Willow Rd
- Route 5: Gorrell St.
- Route 6: Summit Avenue
- Route 7: Friendly Avenue
- Route 8: Battleground Avenue
- Route 9: West Market St
- Route 10: East Market St
- Route 11: High Point Rd
- Route 12: Randleman Rd/South Elm-Eugene St
- Route 13: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
- Route 14: Bessemer Avenue/Phillips Avenue
- Route 15: Yanceyville St/Brightwood School Rd
-They also have connector routes such as Lawndale, Irving Park/Starmount shuttle, High Point Rd, West Wendover, and South Town.
*What About the Community?*
-The train/bus station tells us that the community definitely needs a way of transportation. It shows us that the owners/operators of the Depot wanted to make sure that individuals who cannot afford a vehicle, have some sort of transportation to get to their destination. This also means that the community is well-built and brought up, which is probably why the Depot decided to connect the train and bus station together. A city is not going to spend money on something that is in a poor environment. The Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and state and city funds paid $32 million to have this building improved.