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October 25, 2016

Getting things rolling

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  • Jake Buckner posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

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    I thought I heard somewhere that trolleys were the answer to Galveston's problems...[whistling]

  • sverige1 posted at 10:49 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    sverige1 Posts: 4054

    Yes, trolleys!!! [note sarcasm]

    In reality, I think Galveston has a rather different type of clientele than Kemah. I think of Kemah visitors as being more new wave, more touristy, and perhaps more willing to "shuttle" than much of our Galveston visitors. Plus, unless I'm not too knowledgeable on this since I don't go to Kemah, they don't have real beaches. Basic geography - a bay isn't a beach...no sand, et cetera?

    And for that reason (not having beaches), the bringing of chairs, towels, and other beach-type family products is out of the picture there, while it's part of many folks' plans for Galveston. Those beach-goers visiting here don't want to haul all these items on a shuttle/trolley/bus or whatever.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 1:05 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    Yes, different clientele, no doubt.

    If Galveston ever does adopt a transit system for tourists, it seems like it needs a central hub or two, with lines feeding only a few places and cycle time being no more than 30 minutes, preferably 20.

    Perhaps a hub at Harborside/Pier 21 stopping at Strand/24th-ish, Postoffice/20th-ish, Postoffice/14th, Broadway/14th, Seawall/University, Seawall/25th. The other hub would be at Seawall/25th, feeding Seawall/39th, Seawall/45th, Seawall/57th, Seawall/61st, and Moody Gardens. 2 or 3 vehicles per route.

    Find a company renting shuttles and buses. Try 1-2 of each on both routes to gather evidence on which is most efficient and how many are needed. If none are needed, drop the service.