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Demand Grows For Commuter Bus Service In Galveston County

Commuters are using transit to get to major Galveston employment centers.

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Officials in Galveston County say they’re seeing a growing demand for commuter transit services to the region’s big employers.

The nonprofit Gulf Coast Center currently operates four commuter buses that leave out of the Victory Lakes Park and Ride in League City.

Those buses travel south to Galveston Island. They take riders to UTMB and other major businesses.

The service has been in operation since April 2012.

Last fiscal year the commuter service had over 87,000 one-way trips. In the fiscal year that began in September, the service has so far logged over 43,000 trips.

Studies show the Victory Lakes service has cut the number of vehicle miles traveled by more than 3.7 million.

Chief Financial Officer Rick Elizondo says they’re pleased with the demand.

“A lot of riders just don’t want to drive themselves. They’d rather sit on the bus. We do provide wi-fi service on the bus, and they’d rather have someone else drive them, keep the wear and tear off their own vehicles.”

And Elizondo says the plan now is to expand the service.

“We do have some routes that have standing room only, so we’d like to get those riders on seats. So we’re hoping to purchase additional buses, have additional runs.”

Elizondo says the Victory Lakes commuter bus service costs about $640,000 a year to operate, with the Houston-Galveston Area Council providing assistance with funding.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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