Galveston, TX — Trolley Extension
Rail Transit Online, July 2004
Construction is underway on the first $4.5-million phase of
an extension to the island-city’s diesel-electric trolley line that will run
from The Strand via Market and Sixth streets to Stewart Beach. The second
segment, costing $6.5 million, will loop the tracks from the beach along Fourth
and Market streets back to The Strand. Financing came from the federal and
state governments plus a $240,000 contribution from the University of Texas
Medical School, which will be served by the extension. Phase one is expected to
be completed in December but work on the final section hasn’t been scheduled.
Transit officials hope to lure more residents to the replica antique trolleys;
currently ridership is 98 percent tourists. Once the project is complete,
operating hours will be expanded and one additional car will be acquired,
bringing the fleet to five. The initial 5.2-mi (8.3 km) line crossing the
island was opened in 1988. A loop through The Strand, a popular shopping area,
was expanded in 1995.