Greyhound, Coach USA and other commercial buses may soon be given permission to transport people to and from downtown Binghamton.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar Thursday said he's close to making a decision on reopening the bus station on Chenango Street to commercial traffic.

Garnar closed the facility, which is owned and operated by the county, in late March in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A sign at an entrance to the Binghamton bus station on June 4, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Garnar said Broome was the only county in New York state to take such an action.

The county executive said the coronavirus situation now is much different than it was when he ordered the closure of the bus station.

Garnar said the decision about reopening the facility should come "fairly shortly."

The first phase of New York City's reopening is scheduled to start on Monday.

A portable toilet outside the closed Binghamton bus station. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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