GALVESTON ROLLS OUT NOSTALGIC TROLLEY BUSES ON JUNE 2, 2017
With restorations to the rail trolley cars underway, Galveston welcomes trolley buses to the island.A missing piece of Galveston's charm will be returning this June. While our historic rail trolleys undergo million dollar restorations on each car, four rubber wheel trolleys will be servicing the trolley routes and providing island visitors access from the east end of the island to the west, with numerous stops in between. The trolley buses will service a downtown route that has seven stops through Galveston’s historic downtown, and a seawall route that makes frequent stops from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens.
“This method of transportation not only brings back a sense of nostalgia for many Galveston island visitors, it also provides us a mechanism to have them park their cars and still be able to move about the island,” said Galveston’s Mayor Jim Yarbrough, “This is an important addition to the City’s transportation system and we look forward to seeing people take advantage of the free service this summer.”
Initially, the fares will be waived for the summer while City staff works with hospitality partners to ensure that the service is easy to use. Beginning this fall, minimal fees will be established to help fund offering the amenity on the island.
The first rail car trolley arrived at the Gomaco Trolley headquarters in Ida Grove on May 16th, 2017. The remaining two cars awaiting restoration will be headed north within the next few weeks. Restorations to all three rail car trolleys are anticipated to take one year to complete. Gomaco Trolley has been restoring historic trolleys across the United States since 1982. They specialize in craftsmanship and have a passion for bringing these important pieces of our nation’s history back to life. You can follow the Galveston Trolley restoration on their website at: http://www.gomacotrolley.com/Resources/pages/construction.html