The word on the street is that the Galveston Trolleys begin regular service again on Friday, September 8, 2017, after a brief pause in transportation due to Harvey.
The fee to ride is $1 for adults, while children accompanied by their parents can ride absolutely free. Be sure to bring exact change to pay your fare, because the drivers will not be able to produce change for you. The trolley buses pass each of the stops on its routes about every 30 minutes, and they run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Currently, there are four rubber-wheeled trolleys on the island that connect vistors from the historic east end to the west, with numerous stops in between. Now when you visit Galveston Island, you are not confined to one area. Visit the Historic Strand District for lunch and shopping; head on over to the Seawall to catch some rays; visit Moody Gardens and experience wildlife and have some fun with the entire family.
Galveston has had ties with streetcars since the mid-1800s, back when mules were the motor behind the magic. Electric trolleys were established at the turn of the 20th century and remained in business until 1938. 50 years later, Galveston Island Trolley system was established. 20 years later, in 2008, Hurricane Ike severely damaged all four of the vintage trolleys, and Galvestonians were unsure if they would ever see them again.
There is something wonderful and authentic about the old-school rail trolleys that used to roam the streets of Galveston before Ike. Good news: that delightful sound of the trolleys navigating the rails is expected to return in the summer of 2018!
For a full list of stops and approximate arrival times of the Galveston Island Trolleys, please visit www.galvestontrolley.com.