Planning continues for extension of the Galveston Trolley. The 2.1
mile extension will connect the city's largest employer (University of
Texas Medical Branch) into the existing system. It is anticipated
that over 15,000 students, employees and visitors will be able to
ride the trolley downtown for lunch, business or other activities.
The $4 million project will be implemented over the coming two
years along with improved stations downtown. Source: Island
Transit web site.
The Galveston Trolley system is currently undergoing a $750,000
track rehabilitation program. In addition, the four trolley cars
are receiving air conditioning and are being repainted inside and
out. The preliminary engineering phase of the line extension
project continues, as reported in the 10/1/01 edition of Passenger
Transport. Source: Island Transit
Jon Bell has added a Galveston
Trolley page to his informative transit systems website. Four
of his pictures have been added above, for the complete set please
see Jon's site.
Construction is underway to extend the Galveston Trolley approximately
1.5 miles to the University of Texas Medical Branch. Work is
scheduled for completion in December. In early August, service was
temporarily shut down due to the extensive trackwork required at
20th and The Strand. The Island
Transit website has details and some photos of the
construction now underway. The New Starts website also has a page
covering the extension. Additional details come from the
July edition of Rail Transit Online:
Construction is underway on the first $4.5-million phase of an extension to the island-cityís diesel-electric trolley line that will run from The Strand via Market and Sixth streets to Stewart Beach. The second segment, costing $6.5 million, will loop the tracks from the beach along Fourth and Market streets back to The Strand. Financing came from the federal and state governments plus a $240,000 contribution from the University of Texas Medical School, which will be served by the extension. Phase one is expected to be completed in December but work on the final section hasnít been scheduled. Transit officials hope to lure more residents to the replica antique trolleys; currently ridership is 98 percent tourists. Once the project is complete, operating hours will be expanded and one additional car will be acquired, bringing the fleet to five. The initial 5.2-mi (8.3 km) line crossing the island was opened in 1988. A loop through The Strand, a popular shopping area, was expanded in 1995.
Source: Rail Transit Online
Extension to UTMB Opens. The 1.5 mile extension to
the University of Texas Medical Branch campus opened on March 14.
website provides further details, including pictures from the
dedication. An overview of the project is also available from this
release (pdf file) from the City of Galveston.
Hankey photos 6/06,
click to enlarge
The Galveston Trolley operation has been suspended
since the devastating flooding during Hurricane Ike in
September 2008. An article
in today's Galveston Daily News reports that funding is
being sought to restore service. All four of the trolley's
were severely damaged in the floodwaters.
page on Jon Bell's Transit Systems site
page on the APTA Heritage Trolley site
Transit Web Site
Livable Communities Initiative
Press Release from Senator Hutchison Covering Funding for Trolley
page was last updated on 7/10/09