Transportation

Galveston Commuter Bus Service Sees Huge Demand

A service designed to get people out of their cars is now expanding. It’s adding new buses to respond to high demand from commuters traveling to Galveston.

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Map is courtesy of the Gulf Coast Center

Connect Transit’s park and ride service takes commuters from the League City Park and Ride to several Galveston destinations including UTMB.

Transportation Director James Hollis says many of those runs are standing room only so they’re now adding three new 40-passengers buses.

“We’ve added three runs to the AM and three runs to the PM so that will certainly take care of any of the standing room issues that we’ve had. Which is a nice problem to have,” explains Hollis.

Connect Transit is part of the nonprofit Gulf Coast Center, which provides social services in Galveston and Brazoria Counties.

Hollis says they were able to purchase the buses with the help of a federal clean air grant.  

“If we’re doing about 400 boardings a day, and that’s round trip, we’re taking about 200 cars a day off the road,” says Hollis.   

Connect Transit is also working on plans to eventually provide commuter service into downtown Houston.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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