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PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12TH TO DISCUSS PROPOSED CHANGES AFFECTING ISLAND TRANSIT OPERATIONS

Proposed changes impact fees for demand response, changes to evening and weekend services, and a subsidized taxi pilot project.

GALVESTON, TX (April 4, 2017) – To aid communications and enhance community engagement, the City of Galveston is encouraging citizens to attend a public meeting Wednesday April 12th from 4PM to 6PM in Council Chambers located at 823 Rosenberg, Galveston, TX 77550 regarding proposed changes to Island Transit operations.

The City of Galveston is considering significant revisions to services provided by Island Transit that will make the operations run more efficiently. Those revisions include changes to the evening and weekend services, a potential fare increase for demand-response services, and a subsidized taxi pilot program.

After Hurricane Ike, the island’s population fell below the requirement needed to qualify the City for federal small urban transit funding. While interim assistance was made available beginning in 2012, Island Transit is scheduled to lose approximately $500,000 in grant funding in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, Island Transit lost funding for the operations evening and weekend service through a $250,000 Job Access-Reverse Commute (JARC) Grant that expired in 2015.

Contributing to the current losses being felt by the organization is the increased ridership on the City’s demand response service, and the decline in ridership on the evening and weekend service. The demand response services are the costliest service provision for the system.

PROPOSED CHANGES

As a result, the proposed changes are being considered:

  • A lifeline route will replace the current evening and weekend services that are being provided. The lifeline route will operate Monday-Friday from 7:30PM-11:30PM, Saturday’s from 6:00AM-11:30PM, and Sunday’s from 8:00AM-7:00PM. The map is available by clicking here.
  • Demand Response fares will increase from $1 to $2.
  • Implementation of a Subsidized Taxi Pilot Project for Demand Response (times of services for Pilot TBD).

PUBLIC INPUT WELCOMED

Representatives from Island Transit will be available at the public meeting to answer questions and concerns the public may have regarding the proposed service changes. If members of the public cannot make the public meeting and have a comment, they may call Island Transit at (409)797-3900, visit the Island Transit offices 3115 Market, or by email mworthy@galvestontx.gov. For requests for reasonable meeting accommodations, call (409-797-3900 at least five days prior to the meeting. Comments will be accepted through April 17th.

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Island Transit, Galveston's Public Transportation System

Our mission is to provide high quality transportation services for Galveston and its visitors. Island Transit, the City of Galveston's Public Transportation System, has served the citizens of Galveston since the mid-1960's.  During 1991, the City replaced the fixed route transit buses, all of which are now ADA accessible.  The Island Transit service area covers 27 square miles servicing Galveston Island as well as Mainland patrons through Island Connect Mall of the Mainland and Victory Lakes services.

In 1998, the City revived the fixed rail trolley, serving Seawall Boulevard, 25th Street, and Downtown including the historic Strand District.  The trolley system was expanded in 1995 and 2003 to include areas of the Galveston Wharf and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Campus.  The Galveston Island Trolley service covers 6 miles serving as a connection between the Downtown District and the Seawall.  In 2008, Hurricane Ike severely damaged the trolleys causing the need to suspend the trolley service. On February 26th, 2015, City Council voted in favor of restoring the trolley service and as a component of this vote, an advisory committee will be formed so the restoration process may begin with its best foot forward.