The City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee, which did not have a quorum, discussed several items in an informal session, without taking votes, on Wednesday.
John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation was unable to attend the meeting, but he provided a written report on three agenda items. Report
"We continue to work with the federal Transit Administration to add the fourth (and final) year of congressional earmark funds of $1,050,000 and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds allocated locally," Carrara said in his update on the Livable Communities Downtown Transit Terminal, adding that the actions should be approved by September, finalizing a total in excess of $7 million in federal funds for the terminal, parking garage and LCI programs. "City Council has instructed The Goodman Corporation to work with Mitchell Historic Properties to develop a draft agreement within 60 days in response to MHP's proposal to develop and construct a transit terminal and garage facility on the northeast corner of 25th and The Strand."
Jonathan Hale of Gulf Copper Corporation updated the committee on his efforts to construct a bicycle path on the Herbert Schmidt Pelican Island Causeway, using the abandoned railroad tracks on the bridge as the bed for the trail. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
"I was asked by a few people over at Texas A&M University at Galveston to pursue developing a safe bicycle path across the Pelican Island bridge connecting their campus to various points of interest downtown," Hale said. "The original idea that was proposed was to develop a bike path all the way from Seawolf Park, connecting into Postoffice Street and downtown."
However, Hale said he has limited the first phase of the project to the bridge, a $685,700 undertaking. He said he hopes to raise the funds from donations and is only seeking the permission from Galveston County Navigation District Number One, the owner of the tracks, and the support of TAMUG, the City of Galveston and other interested entities.
Members of the Intermodal Transportation Committee said that they will consider a resolution of support for a vote at a future meeting, when a quorum is present.