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Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors met on Wednesday at the Historic Railroad Depot in Dickinson.

The board voted unanimous approval of resolutions proposed by transportation consultant Barry Goodman: a resolution of support for “hold harmless” legislation to protect the amount of state public transit funding currently distributed to the Gulf Coast Center and the City of Galveston to support transit services in the county, which could be impacted by the 2010 Census; and a resolution for Job Access and Reverse Commute funding to support the initial three years of UTMB/Victory Lakes Park and Ride services. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

Goodman and Carl Sharp of The Goodman Corporation updated the board on the Houston Mobility Corridor Alternatives Analysis. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“We’re not going to do this without partners,” Goodman said, adding that he has been meeting with George Greanias, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. “The president of METRO has spoken a lot about partnering with this group so that METRO can play a strategic role in how this rail interfaces with METRO when it gets into town.”

He said also that he is working with the Galveston County Rail District on ways to work with Union Pacific on methods of interfacing with passenger rail.

Goodman said a scope of services budget for Phase II of the analysis would be presented to the board for approval at a later meeting.

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