When old Williams Inn closes, what becomes of bus stop outside?

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The impending move of The Williams Inn has raised questions about what will happen with the bus stop outside the old inn at 1090 Main St.

Danielle Veronedi, marketing director for Peter Pan Bus Lines, said the company is in discussions with Williams College about the location of the bus stop and its ability to efficiently get buses to the new inn through the Spring Street corridor.

"We're in negotiation to work out where the bus stop will be — at the new inn or a location nearby," she said. "It is a priority, and they are working on it."

Matt Sheehy, associate vice president of finance and administration for Williams College, said that because the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority buses already stop at the existing bus stop outside the old Williams Inn, and most passengers are not headed to the inn, many wonder why the bus stop should move at all.

While the inn used to sell bus tickets for Peter Pan, that hasn't been the practice for years. And there is no real business connection between the hotel and the bus line, although some bus drivers stay at the inn overnight if they have an early morning departure, Sheehy said.

But, he added, that "should be a larger discussion between the town and all the stakeholders."

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