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Livable Communities
Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, February 19, 2010

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received updates regarding improvements for bicycle access in the Livable Communities Initiative area in Downtown Galveston. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation provided an update on the Downtown Transportation Terminal. Carrara said the Texas Historical Commission will be conducting a site visit in March to check the proposed area for the terminal at Shearn Moody Plaza for any preservation issues. Also, he said that he is researching issues related to leasing the Shearn Moody Plaza for use as the terminal.

Galveston Public Works Manager Angelo Grasso provided the update, noting that representatives from the Houston-Galveston Area Council had visited to “ride” the routes proposed for the bicycle improvements. According to Grasso, the representatives noted concerns about the north-south streets planned for bicycle lane improvements due to the need to re-pave those roads.

Grasso also reported that the H-GAC representatives had concerns about the route at the area of 21st to 23rd streets at Post Office, where the road narrows.

The committee discussed a recommendation it made in January for 17th Street from Mechanic to Strand and portions of 19th Street to be re-opened as part of the redevelopment of public housing projects proposed by the Galveston Housing Authority.

Committee Member Don Mafridge said Galveston Police Chief Charles Wiley has stated that there is a “definite safety need” to open 17th Street.

Grasso said that the committee's recommendations had been provided to the Planning Department, and correspondence sent to Galveston City Council and the housing authority.

“They are aware of it,” Grasso said.

The committee discussed appointment of ex-officio members. The committee's by-laws allows for three ex-officio members, which can be a member of city council, a representative of a large employer, or a commercial property owner in the Livable Communities area.

Committee Member Lesley Sommer asked if the committee should wait until the May elections to consider seeking a city council member to join the committee. Grasso suggested requesting a city council member to join the committee following the elections.

Committee Chair Jim Casey suggested members consider potential ex-officio candidates and encourage them to apply. The city council votes on final approval of members of the committee.

No report was received regarding Island Transit. Mike Worthy, the representative from Island Transit, was not present at the meeting.

The committee voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the January 20 meeting. No other formal action was taken by the committee.






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