Edmonton Greyhound depot moving to Via Rail station

The Greyhound station in downtown Edmonton. Global News

EDMONTON – After months of rumours of where it would go, Greyhound confirmed Tuesday it is moving its depot to the Via Rail site.

A spokesperson for Greyhound said it has entered into a new lease with Via Rail. The bus depot will move next to the rail station at 12304-121 St., located north of downtown near Yellowhead Trail.

A spokesperson for Via Rail released the following statement to Global News Tuesday morning:

Intermodality is a strategy which VIA Rail has pursued and supported for many years, as it offers the travelling public various travel options and ease of interconnections between modes of public transportation. For example, VIA Rail and Greyhound have had a long and successful partnership at our Pacific Central Station in Vancouver. VIA has similar arrangements with other transportation providers at a number of locations throughout Canada.”

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Greyhound had been searching for a new location for its main Edmonton terminal since it learned the building would be torn down to make way for the new downtown arena district.

The lease on the current station on 103 Avenue and 103 Street is set to expire May 2016, but last year the city said Greyhound had the option of extending its lease while it worked to acquire a more permanent residence.

Greyhound said it is preparing to relocate before the lease is up, but could not provide a specific moving date.

The current downtown Edmonton location is set to become retail space as part of Ice District, an arena offshoot development by the Katz Group and WAM Developments.

In 2014, the Greyhound did propose rezoning land north of Yellowhead Trail near 123 Street and moving the terminal there, but resideents in the Prince Charles neighbourhood were concerned about the depot creating traffic congestion and council voted the site down.

Greyhound also has a location in south Edmonton, just off Calgary Trail at 5723 104 St. The company said operations at that site will continue as normal.