Transportation consultant John Carrara reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Committee will review the proposed commuter rail to connect Houston and Galveston. Listen MP3 RealPlayer
“The emphasis over the next three or four months will be to get the H-GAC Transportation Policy Committee to designate commuter rail as the locally preferred alternative for that corridor,” Carrara said. “That will free up $2 million of money that was obtained a year or so ago through Senator Hutchison to further refine that commuter rail project and to get into more intensive negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad over the right-of-way.”
“Would that mean that commuter rail would be found to be the preferable alternative as opposed to widening I-45 for bus service?” asked Jim Casey, chair of the committee.
“That’s correct,” Carrara said. “Which wouldn’t mean that that would preclude other bus improvements in the corridor but that the main through high-capacity system would be commuter rail.”
Carrara also updated the committee on the Livable Communities Initiative’s Downtown Transportation Terminal project. Listen MP3 RealPlayer
“Mitchell Historic Properties group received 16 statements of qualification from design teams interested in designing that facility,” he reported. “They’ve narrowed it down to four that they will be interviewing; and (will) decide on Monday which one will be designing that facility.”