You may have seen those cool new buses on the highways and streets of Houston, but Megabus is getting anything but a warm greeting from one neighborhood just east of Downtown Houston.
Megabus is fast becoming Greyhound's main competitor in the American South. It set up a bus barn in that neighborhood in July.
Residents, like Comeka Anderson Diez, say the barn is making them miserable.
"It's very difficult to sleep," Diez said. "I'm usually a very hard sleeper and this morning, I woke up at 4:45 a.m. and that was because of the bus back-up alert system. I go to bed with that sound I hear airhorns being blown."
She also pointed to an above-ground diesel fuel storage tank. She and her neighbors complained so much, City of Houston health inspectors came out to have a look at the facility. We were there when the city workers arrived.
Off camera, Megabus officials said they tried to work with the community by being a little quieter. Rick Funke said residents are just going to have to realize they live in an area that was mainly industrial before town homes and condos started popping up.
Regardless, Diez and other residents say Megabus should be respectful of its new neighbors. Houston may not have zoning, but businesses and homeowners do have to get along.
"I want the removal of the fuel storage tank and operation in silence. Do you think that will happen?" Diez asked. "I hope so."
Megabus officials said they're willing to work with the community on the noise issue, but there is nothing they can do about the storage tank.