Public Transit and Ridesharing


Galveston Island and Campus

UTMB Health and the City of Galveston work together to offer transit service to meet the needs of the university's Galveston-based employees, students, visitors and patients.

UTMB employees, students and retirees qualify for free rides by showing their UTMB identification cards. Patients who show proof of scheduled appointments, who are being admitted to a UTMB hospital, or making a pharmacy visit also ride at no cost. Those who accompany these patients to offer assistance or children under 18 accompanied by a patient also ride for free. Fixed-route buses and Dial-a-Ride (DART) services run Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

DART participants also ride for free. DART is a curb-to-curb service for those persons who are unable, due to disability, to use the regular fixed route service. DART services require 24-hour notice. To obtain more information and an application for DART service, call Island Transit at (409) 797-3909. Once an application is approved, a passenger guide will be sent to you.

Island Transit Routes and Information

Island Transit Website

Mainland and Brazoria County

Connect Transit Bus

Connect Transit is a multi-faceted transportation program offered by the Gulf Coast Center.

Demand Response Services

Connect Transit provides demand response service in Galveston and Brazoria counties. Demand response services are shared ride services with pickup and delivery from curb to curb. Reservations can be scheduled up to a maximum of five business days in advance of a requested trip. All rides are subject to availability. Transportation demand response services are offered to the general public at a cost of $1.00 per person per trip. (Trips to the Veteran’s Hospital in Harris County are offered at a cost of $3.50 per person per trip.) Pickup times are scheduled up to one and one half hours ahead of appointment time for all services in Brazoria County and up to one hour ahead of appointment time in Galveston County.

Demand response services are offered for first drop off by 7 a.m. and last pickup at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No services are available on approved holidays, and services can be disrupted or suspended during severe weather.

Connect Transit’s demand response destinations include, but are not limited to, medical facilities on Galveston Island as well as the Veteran’s Hospital in Harris County. Residents may access Connect’s demand response services for all of their local transportation needs. The origin or destination point for each trip must be in Galveston or Brazoria counties. Connect Transit does not provide trips that begin and end within Island Transit’s service area on Galveston Island. Connect Transit does not provide trips that begin and end in Harris County. Limited cab service is available for the cities of Pearland, League City and Friendswood.

To request a reservation for demand response service or for information, call 1 (800) 266-2320 or (409) 945-0820. Reservations and office hours are Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fixed Route Bus Service

Connect Transit operates a fixed route service known as Mainland Transit serving Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson, Bacliff and San Leon, and Southern Brazoria County Transit serving the cities of Lake Jackson, Angleton, Freeport and Clute. The days and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from approximately 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The service operates on Saturday’s from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. One way fares are $1.00 and $.50 for seniors (over 65), students and for persons with disabilities and passengers that show their Medicare card.

Bus schedules for the fixed route services are available below:

Connect Transit will also provide Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) paratransit services to any individual within Galveston County or Brazoria County within ¾ mile radius of the fixed-route bus system who meets the functionally eligible paratransit requirements. Passengers who want to use the paratransit service must register with Connect Transit before being eligible for the service. Visit the Gulf Coast Center website for additional information.

Connect Transit

Ridesharing and Taxi Services

Most of the clinics and other facilities in UTMB Health's service area are serviced by ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, as well as traditional taxi cab and limo services. 

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