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UTMB Health values its position as one of the largest employers in the region, and its role as an important provider of health care. Our institution understands the impact that each member of the UTMB community has on environmental and ecological systems through daily commuting. We also understand the challenges that some patients and other customers may have in accessing services when ready transportation is not in place.

To meet these needs in a responsible fashion, UTMB strives to encourage and promote environmentally friendly commuting opportunities through services such as vanpooling, ride sharing, biking, and innovative public transportation. Read below to learn more.

Park and Ride

Park and ride shuttle service is available between Galveston and League City/Webster, with stops including the Park and Ride Center at the League City Campus, the UTMB Health Multispecialty Center and sites in Galveston. The one-way fare on these comfortable, wi-fi-equipped vehicles is $4. Ride coupon books offer a discount. Learn more.

Van and Car Pools

Through a partnership with Metro Star, UTMB offers a ridesharing service that saves money, reduces stress, and helps employees relax to and from work. Using a fleet of passenger vans that carry 8-15 riders, Metro STAR matches individual van pool groups based on schedule, home location, work location, and other rider requirements. All participants have access to emergency rides and a guaranteed ride home. Get more information.

Bus Service and Public Transit

UTMB Health and The Gulf Coast Transit District partner to offer transit service for the university's Galveston-based employees, students, visitors, and patients. UTMB employees, students, retirees, patients, and those accompanying them qualify for no-cost rides (conditions apply). Fixed-route buses and Dial-a-Ride (DART) services are also available. The Gulf Coast Transit District offers a host of transit options for residents of Brazoria and Galveston counties. Learn more.

UTMB Parking

Parking at all three UTMB campuses is under the umbrella of Auxiliary Enterprises. To learn more about locations, options and rates, please explore the links on the following page.

Important Notice

UTMB offers a free Galveston Campus Shuttle Service for all faculty, staff, and students. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 6:00 am-9:00 am, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, 4 pm- 8:00 pm. There is no cost to ride the shuttle service. Each shuttle (2) makes a total of five (5) stops. Stop locations are at: 

  • Seawall Parking Lot
  • Waverly Smith Pavilion
  • The corner of HEC and SON buildings
  • 2200 Market
  • UHC- Harborside entrance

The shuttle service is operated by UTMB Courier Services.