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Posted on: September 6, 2017

City's New Island Express Service Set to Begin on Monday, September 11, 2017

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Galveston, TX – September 6, 2017 – With a delayed start due to Harvey’s unrelinquishing rain and interruptions to METRO and Island Transit operations, the Island Express is officially set to begin on Monday September 11th, 2017. The Island Express will carry passengers from Galveston to Houston on weekdays for just $9. For the first time since 2013, Galveston will see a bus route with connection from the island to downtown Houston.

An inter local agreement between METRO and the City of Galveston will allow Island Transit to stop three times a day at the Bay Area Park & Ride for passengers to transfer to a downtown bus.

Island Transit provides this service through a generous grant from the Texas Department of Transportation with additional support from Galveston County and the City of Texas City.

“Having the ability to provide a connection to Houston is beneficial for all that are involved, and something we are excited to be able to offer through Island Transit’s partnership with METRO,” said Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin. “We look forward to seeing people use this service for access to all that Galveston has to offer in medicine, history, tourism, entertainment, and more.”


When heading northbound, riders will begin their trip to Houston at Island Transit’s Downtown Transit terminal located at 25th Street and The Strand. The Island Express will leave for Houston three times per day, Monday through Friday. An intermediate stop is provided in Texas City at 5320 Texas Avenue at Bayou Road for boarding by mainland passengers and Connect Transit transfers. At METRO’s Bay Area Park and Ride facility, passengers transfer to Houston METRO Park and Ride Route 246 (morning and evening) or Route 249 (midday trips). In Houston, passengers arrive adjacent to the Downtown Transit Center at St. Joseph Parkway at Travis Street. METRO fixed route local buses, METRO rail, and other intercity bus carriers are nearby.


When heading southbound, riders will begin their trip to Galveston near METRO’s Downtown Transit Center at Milam and Jefferson. The Island Express will leave for Galveston three times per day, Monday through Friday. Passengers board Park and Ride Route 249 (morning and midday) or Route 246 (evening trips). At METRO’s Bay Area Park and Ride facility, passengers transfer to Island Transit buses bearing the Island Express logo. An intermediate stop is in Texas City at 5320 Texas Avenue at Bayou Road for mainland passengers and Connect Transit transfers. In Galveston, passengers arrive at the Downtown Transit Terminal at 25th Street and The Strand. Transfers to Island Transit’s local bus routes are conveniently located within the terminal.

Helpful information:

  • Island Express will begin operations on September 11th, 2017.
  • At this time, separate payment must be made each time a bus is boarded.
  • METRO buses take cash or any METRO fare medium.
  • Total one-way fare between Galveston and Houston is $9.
  • All passengers pay a $4.50 fare one way on Island Transit buses and also on METRO Route 246.
  • METRO’s fare using Route 249 is $2.00, making the one-way for mid-day trips $6.50.
  • Payment on Island Transit buses is by cash only.

For More Information:

For further information, call Island Transit at 409-797-3900 or visit our website at www.galvestontx.gov/islandexpress.

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