The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve plans for the Downtown Transportation Terminal after a presentation by Mitchell Historic Properties architect Joe Rozier and architect Jeffrey Brown of Powers Brown Architecture. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“This is a public-private partnership between Mitchell Historic Properties and the city,” Rozier explained. “We purchased the land at the corner of 25th and Strand and are currently in negotiations to take control of the parking garage that is to the north of that property.”
“We have spent not an inconsiderable amount of time working with operations folks regarding Island Transit and our civil engineering consulting team looking at the movements of the vehicle that will be part of this facility,” Brown said. “We just wanted to make sure that the turning movements fit our footprint.”
“We are just so happy to see some plans,” said Kathy Modzelewski.
The Galveston Landmark Commission will review the architecture of the terminal next week, followed by a meeting of the Galveston Planning Commission to consider a request for a specific use permit. Galveston City Council will also review the plan next week.
Lisa Zuniga of Island Transit reported to the committee that ridership on the Mall of the Mainland Park & Ride lot provided transportation to Galveston for 3,373 passengers last month, an increase of 1,134. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“That’s quite a significant increase,” noted ITC Chair Jim Casey.
“Yes, a significant increase,” she responded. “A very good increase.”
“What would attribute such an increase?” asked Hank Thierry.
“We added one bus,” Zuniga said, adding that there was a change in the schedule to accommodate more riders.
“And of course gasoline prices,” Casey said.
"Yes, definitely," she agreed.