In 1974 the City of Galveston Texas, purchased the existing private transportation company and formed Island Transit, a publicly owned transit system providing local bus service to the developed areas of Galveston. Day to day operations are provided by contract agreement with City Coach Lines, Inc. Island Transit owns fifteen 43-passenger GMC coaches and two 1982 Ford vans. All buses are 1976 models, radio equipped, and in good conditions. On-site maintenance facilities are equipped to do routine work and current preventive maintenance programs are excellent. Eight routes serve the densely populated and highly developed east end of Galveston Island. Recent development growth and changing federal funding requirements generated this study to re-examine the role and future of Island Transit. In this report, the system goals established by the City provide guidance for Island Transit, namely: public support for public transportation; mobility for transit dependents; safe, reliable, and informative passenger service as well as amenities such as bus shelters, benches, etc.; and service expansion to newly developed areas. The study scope includes: a review and analysis of existing transit service; an examination of existing and future land use patterns and demographic characteristics; a review and analysis of financial conditions; and development of recommended system and service improvements. The report concludes that all basic ingredients for a viable transit system already exist and improvements can be made without major capital expenditure. All that is needed is a dedicated local commitment to encourage ridership through recommendations made in this report and to provide local match funds necessary to obtain federal dollars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Houston-Galveston Area Council

    3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120
    Houston, TX  United States  77027

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Tomazins, A R
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 92 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TX-09-0202
  • Contract Numbers: PA-11-0029
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM