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HOUSTON, Texas(KIAH) –   The city of Galveston is bringing back a piece of history for visitors and residents.  The Galveston Island Trolley service is returning on weekends beginning October 1st, 2021 and will be the first trolley rail service since the city was flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008. 

The city says three beautifully restored trolleys will be running the entire route of the line, which connects downtown and the Seawall along 25th Street.  For the first weekend the city will celebrate the return by offering free rides.  The public is also invited to attend a special event on Oct. 1st starting at 9 a.m. on Postoffice between 22nd and 23rd Street.  After the first weekend, the fare will be $1 per person and for now, the trolleys will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


  • Never cross or run in front of an approaching trolley or between two stopped vehicles.
  • Never chase the trolleys.
  • Wait until traffic stops and look both ways before crossing.
  • Pay attention to the surrounding environment. Trolleys are quiet and cannot stop as quickly as
  • a car.
  • Avoid walking or riding bikes along the trolley tracks.


  • Follow the trolley at a safe distance and be prepared to stop.
  • Slow down and use turn signals before making a left or right turn — Streetcars are not able to stop as quickly as vehicles.
  • Check for an approaching streetcar before opening vehicle doors
  • Do not make a turn from the adjacent lane or center lane in front of the trolley
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalk
  • Never stop a vehicle on the tracks


  • Be sure to park within the line in trolley track areas to avoid having your vehicle sideswiped by a trolley.
  • Stay alert when exiting your vehicle, check before opening the door