The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the Downtown Transit Center, the proposed commuter rail to Houston and the development at Fort Crockett on Seawall Boulevard.
Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation reported that architectural plans of the transit center terminal, a Livable Communities Initiative project, are being finalized.
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“Mitchell Historic Properties and members of the Mitchell family are evolving the design of the facility, particularly the exterior design which is probably more likely to have a more modern feel to it,” Carrara said, noting that the plans must be reviewed by the Galveston Landmark Commission, the Galveston Planning Commission, the Texas Historical Commission and Federal Transit Administration. “If the landmark commission on June 6 gives their blessing that will go a long way toward helping the state historical commission concur; and, as far as FTA is concerned, they are pretty much on board.”
Carrara also reported on the commuter rail project. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“The current climate for finding funds locally or federally to implement any commuter rail is going to take longer and be more difficult to implement than was thought when the project started and the economy was better and Congress was different,” Carrara said, announcing that other options are being explored with the Texas Department of Transportation. “In an interim time period of unknown duration, to try to at least provide upgraded bus services using State Highway 3 as an alternative to Interstate 45.”
Carrara said that the Seawall Streetscape improvements at Fort Crocket Park are moving along, and he had a positive outlook on the prospects for further enhancements with revenue from paid parking. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer