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Night Schedule Tweets by Galveston Ferry History Ferry service has been a part of the Texas transportation system since the 19th century when the skiff, The Tarpon, began operating from Galveston Island.
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Later, two barges plied between Port Bolivar and Galveston.
Galveston County petitioned the state to operate the ferries and then sold the two vessels to the State of Texas in April 1930.Throughout the year, more than 8 million people use the Tx DOT ferry system.The greatest number of passengers carried on a single day was July 3, 1994 when 43,472 people boarded Galveston Island to Port Bolivar ferries.There were no published or regularly scheduled operations.In 1929 the first regularly scheduled ferry service between Port Bolivar and Galveston Island was established by a privately owned company.
The ferry port facilities, staging areas and visitor facilities were reconstructed in 1977 and upgraded again in 1994.