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Burlington Trailways Moving Out of Ottumwa’s Amtrak Station

By Ellis Codjoe, May 19, 2017

The future of Burlington Trailways passenger bus service in Ottumwa appears to be in questions.

Ottumwa radio News was informed Thursday that personnel were seen moving Burlington Trailways property out of the Amtrak Depot on Main Street in Ottumwa.

The building, which also houses Ottumwa’s Amtrak Station, is owned by the Wapello County Historical Museum.

Wapello County Supervisor Brian Morgan, a member of the Wapello County Historical Society Board, told Ottumwa Radio News Burlington Trailways had a lease agreement with the historical society.

The bus company paid the historical society $500 per month to use a small space inside the Amtrak depot.

Marty Bradley, a Vice-President with Burlington Trailways says the company is actively seeking a new location in Ottumwa. He says the historical society board did not renew their lease with the bus company.

Historical Society Board President Peggy Strueh says the board recently voted in favor of increasing the monthly fee by $50, a move reportedly rejected by Burlington Trailways.

Strueh says one person worked at the ticket booth located in the lobby of the building. She says it was her understanding that few tickets were sold locally, and most tickets from Ottumwa are sold on-line.

Bradley estimates between 15 and 20 passengers board the bus each week in Ottumwa.

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