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Galveston is excited to announce the return of the Galveston Island Trolley service! This will be the first trolley rail service since they were flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Three of the four historic original rail trolleys have been beautifully restored and have completed testing for the state and federal certification needed before resuming service to the public. This is the first trolley rail service since they were flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
The trolley is $1 for adults, while minors who are accompanied by adults can ride for free. Riders will need to bring exact change to place in the farebox; drivers do not have the ability to make change for riders. The trolleys pass each stop on the trolley route approximately every 30 minutes. A transfer between the Downtown and the Seawall Loop is included in the price.
Friday through Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Many residents and visitors are unaccustomed to sharing the road with streetcars. Please stay alert when walking or driving in the trolley area and follow these safety precautions:
While the trolleys are operating, motorists and pedestrians must be vigilant and obey all safety measures along the route.
"We've been looking forward to the return of the beloved trolleys since they were damaged in Hurricane Ike and are thrilled the public will soon be able to ride them once again," Mayor Craig Brown said. "There is no better way to see the historic architecture of downtown Galveston and visit the restaurants and shops than by streetcar."
“The trolley restoration project has been a long time in the works and we’re ready to have the public enjoying them again,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “We’d like to thank all of our partners who worked with us to bring back the trolleys, including TXDOT and the Federal Transit Administration.”
“Galveston is one of a handful of U.S. cities to have a vintage trolley system,” Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Chief Tourism Officer Michael Woody said. “The Park Board and the CVB are committed to help support this important part of our history along with the many unique defining elements that make Galveston an amazing place to live and visit.”
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Mark Wyant
by Visit Galveston
by Visit Galveston