In response to Michael A. Smith’s editorial (“Residents' Walker Street win leaves city with a problem,” The Daily News, Jan. 13): I agree that livability infrastructure is a must for the future progress of our county.

Why do we not have a county strategy to use mass transit, like light rail? Connecting Galveston and League City via a comprehensive county transit system seems like a great way to reduce traffic, provide easy access to services, and increase tourism.

Francisco Garza

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Carlos Ponce

"Why do we not have a county strategy to use mass transit, like light rail?"

They tried it. It was called the "Galveston-Houston Electric Railway Company Interurban" which passed through Genoa, Webster, League City, Dickinson, and La Marque. "It covered the 50.47 miles from downtown Houston to Galveston in an hour and fifteen minutes and had a top speed of sixty miles per hour."

"Ultimately the Interurban fell victim to a newer, more personalized, form of transportation: the automobile. The Galveston-Houston Electric Railway Company invested heavily in busses, and much of the railroad’s right-of-way property was rich in oil. On Halloween day 1936, the Galveston Daily News modestly noted: 'Galveston’s historic interurban line… gave way last night to the march of time, and ceased operation after 25 years of almost continuous service.' ”

https://library.galvestonhistorycenter.org/treasures/galveston-houston-electric-railway-company-interurban-model-train

Read also:

"Interurban's storied run began 100 years ago" Nov 22, 2011

https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/guest_columns/article_8ee57728-b2c2-513d-8d85-76d6cbba33a7.html

"Interurban helped put League City on the map" Guest Column Aug 28, 2011

https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/guest_columns/article_4f283628-73ac-52bc-9777-8f100c89600b.html

Gary Miller

A train can take you to another City but not to the address you are wanting. After 18 trips to Europe I noticed the interurban trains were being shut down.Some Europeans would rather go by bycicle instead of hiring a cab after getting off the train.

Ed Buckner

Mr. Ponce is right, but so is Mr. Garza--it's time to try it again.

Bailey Jones

Countywide mass transit would also help with the employment / affordable housing problem on the island.

Ed Buckner

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Gary Scoggin

I agree that we need more transit options but we also need to remember that options like light rail take years to construct and are very expensive. Increased, reliable bus service may be an option though, especially routes that travel from the edges of the county to major employment centers such as UT!B and the Texas City industries.

Ed Buckner

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Bailey Jones

Gary, buses are a great option. Houston is already beginning to upgrade their fleet to electric buses. I just read that GreenPower Motors, maker of commercial electric vehicles including city buses, announced it will build a new plant in South Charleston, W.Va. The facility will make electric city buses. GreenPower’s largest vehicle is a 45-foot double-decker bus.

There are something like 2500 electric buses operating in the US, and over 60 electric bus manufacturers worldwide, including Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, and Volvo. It should come as no surprise that we've ceded our role in bus electrification to China, where they are adding more than 150,000 EV buses per year.

And then, in my perfect world where all my progressive dreams come true, they finally build the Houston to Dallas bullet train and extend it to Galveston, and we have a never-ending stream of day-tripping tourists coming down from DFW to enjoy our new Juneteenth Museum and tour the USS Texas.

Ed Buckner

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Carlos Ponce

If this becomes a privately run venture, no problem.

If it is dependent on tax dollars then no.

People will stick to their cars for convenience, mobility. You set the schedule, destination, departure time. With light rail you are stuck with their schedule, their destination, etc.

Let's say you take light rail to League City. Then what? Chances are the depot is not your final destination. You must obtain additional transportation to get you there. So the claim it will remove automobiles from roads is kaput. Add the cost of the taxi, rental, uber to your trip unless someone is there to pick you up. Then you inconvenience them.

Ed Buckner

It should be a public program for the same (or similar, at least) reasons that the interstate highway system, the local fire or police departments, or the public library are: the benefits are to broad swaths of the public and so should the costs and control be broad. Of course many will continue to use private automobiles instead of rail (or bus, etc.), but not all will. Setting schedule and exact destination is more convenient, but not everyone can afford private transportation, and even for those who can, it may be much more convenient to not spend so much money out of pocket for gas, maintenance, etc. And time and sometimes money spent finding parking can be inconvenient, too.

Gary Miller

Carlos > Exactly why interurban trains are closing in Europe.

Dwight Burns

The rebuilding of a reliable transportation system between Galveston County and Harris County is imperative to this Counties continued growth. Just the fact our senior population is growing, and many would perfer to ride mass transit, if it were available, is reason enough. Not to mention the traffic jams we're now incurring.

Let's figure out the best way to fund it and get-er-done.

Gary Miller

I was woundering if any of ya'll have seen the add on MSNBC for "popular" new face masks for people living in mask mandate areas? Made from panty hose material. $16 each.

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