I wonder if anybody remembers what happened to Texas Bus Lines, which ran from Galveston to Houston. It would travel up state Highway 6 to Alvin and down state Highway 35 to Houston.

I used to ride it from Alta Loma as a child to Galveston to watch the picture show at the Martini and State (now The Grand 1894 Opera House) theaters. Just curious; this was in the mid-60s.

Marvin R. Brisbin

Santa Fe


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Carlos Ponce

Texas Bus Lines is now a charter bus company which can provide you with your choice of a 10 - Passenger Van, 11 or 14 - Passenger Sprinter,14 - Passenger Limo Bus, 18, 24, or 31 - Passenger Minibus or a 56 - Passenger Motor Coach.


Problems arose as reported in the November 10, 1976 Galveston Daily News: " The Texas Railroad Commission scheduled a meeting for 9 a.m. Dec. 14 for Texas Bus Lines to show why its motor bus and common carrier permits should not be canceled or suspended".

In the March 3, 1990 Galveston Daily News we read, "Texas Bus Lines serves as a Greyhound connecting service with six daily round trips to Houston, but a lot of the company's business remains with commuting passengers at the La Marque, Dickinson and League City stops."

In the January 18, 1996 advertisement parade announcement congratulating the La Marque Cougars on winning a state football title, we see " Texas Bus Lines, 727 Oak, 938-1028, Passenger and Express Service Connecting Houston Greyhound/Trailways, Texas City, La Marque".

I remember riding from SHSU with a bus change in Houston to Alta Loma in 1976. Then the bus discontinued the Alta Loma stop and I was picked up in either Alvin or La Marque.

So you used to ride the bus from Alta Loma to see a movie at the Martini. That's better than a friend of mine. In the late 1950s and early 60s she would hop a freight train in Algoa to watch a movie in Alvin.

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