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    Galveston
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  1. Galveston Express does an island transfer for $10 per person from any hotel. You can reserve it through the website.
  2. You are misinformed. This is a present-day situation. Prior to this Spring, Uber and Lyft have not been paying the same tolls as everyone else. It is only just recently that the law has finally caught up with them. The Texas law has no bearing on port tolls. These drivers have been skirting the toll for years and the Port of Galveston was finally told to stop allowing them into the port without proper permitting and tolls.
  3. The code works from May through October.
  4. Galveston Express has a Discount code (SUMMER) that will get you 20% off Monday through Saturday.
  5. I don't know yet if they have begun charging these drivers but I do know GPD has informed them they must. That is correct, rideshares have not been paying tolls at all. The rides are already subsidized by investor dollars and on top of that they don't even pay the same tolls as everyone else.
  6. It's new actually. The Port is a government entity and charges access tolls to everyone but the rideshare companies. Today the taxi inspector was literally standing in the middle of the road stopping rideshare drivers who are not properly permitted and paying the proper tolls.
  7. The taxi drivers are fully permitted with background checks and drug tests as well as a full physical. By wild I meant without any oversight.
  8. It should be fine as long as you don't plan to take an Uber/Lyft to or from the actual cruise terminal. The Galveston Police Department has cracked down on the Port of Galveston for allowing rideshare companies to enter the port without paying the same tolls as everyone else. They are ticketing drivers and making arrests for repeat offenders. Uber/Lyft has run wild for the past two years in Texas but it's beginning to catch up to them.
  9. Galveston Express provides booster seats upon request but not carseats. This might be an option for you if your children are big enough to use them.
  10. You must be comparing a one-way fare to a round-trip fare. I can't imagine you would get a large van for a group of 12 for $200 each way. Can you verify?
  11. Galveston Express offers luggage storage in their office which is about three blocks from the port entrance. You can leave your luggage there and spend some time downtown at the shops and restaurants before taking a later shuttle to the airport.
  12. My anti-virus software blocks that company website because of malware. It won't even let me go to the page. Are you sure this is a reputable business?
  13. Galveston Express sometimes offers a shuttle to NASA depending on the size of your group. They usually put you on the first shuttle of the day and then pick you up later in the afternoon for the ride to the airport. www.galvestonexpress.com
  14. Thank you for the review. That is a really sketchy operation it sounds like. If what you are saying is true then they have vehicles that are not permitted to be in the Port and subsequently are not paying the proper port access fees everyone else is paying. His drivers are not going through the proper permitting process with the City of Galveston where they are drug tested and a background check is done. His drivers will be subject to arrest if they are caught doing this and then you will need to find and pay for alternative transportation. It goes without saying those vans are probably not commercially insured either so you will be left high and dry in the event of an accident. This explains the price difference though from his professional competitors. You just have to ask yourself if this gamble is worth the $5 savings.
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