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Greyhound service returning to LaPlace

LAPLACE — Traveling is about to get easier for some residents of the River Region, as Greyhound, the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, confirmed it will relaunch service in LaPlace next week.

Lanesha Gipson, senior communication specialist with Greyhound Lines Inc., said buses will start arriving to and leaving from LaPlace’s Allied Express, located at 101 Carrollwood Drive, on Monday.

“We previously served LaPlace from the 1940s to 2005,” Gipson said, adding the company decided previously to eliminate service due to low ridership. “We saw an increase in demand and decided to establish service again.”

Gipson said the LaPlace stop will be offered as part of a route from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

“Other stops along the route will include Gonzales and Houma,” she said, adding interested riders could purchase tickets at greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

Other than Greyhound, LaPlace residents previously had access to LA Swift Service, which began in October 2005.

A post-Katrina recovery effort, the service provided transportation for workers and residents between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The service was suspended in mid-2013 due to state budget cuts.