A public bus line connecting Galveston to downtown Houston will begin service on Aug. 28.

The Island Express bus line is a partnership between Galveston's Island Transit bus service and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. 

The line will allow riders to travel between the two cities, via a transfer stop at the Bay Area Park & Ride in League City. The bus will also stop in Texas City.

The connecting buses will meet three times a day on weekdays. A one-way trip will cost $9.

The bus line is the first to connect the two cities since the departure of Megabus, a private bus line, in 2013.

The bus line was originally supposed to launch in July, but was delayed as final contract details were worked out. The service is being paid for by local funds and a two-year grant. The long-term prospects of the bus line depend on how popular it proves with riders, officials said.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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