The Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting the City of Galveston’s request to the United States Congress to protect existing small urbanized area status. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Dickinson City Administrator Julie Johnston, who made the motion to approve the resolution, first wanted assurance that a controversy at Galveston City Hall would not jeopardize the new Park & Ride service between Victory Lakes in League City and Galveston Island.
“I don’t think it is an issue that dominates the majority of council,” Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski responded. “There happens to be a council member that I serve with who says that any effort to provide transportation to make it easier for people (who live on the Mainland) to work on Galveston Island is anathema to public policy of the City of Galveston.”
Transportation consultant Barry Goodman assured Johnston that the City of Galveston is supporting the project.
“The council has approved the purchase of vehicles that include four dedicated buses for this service, Goodman said. “They have approved an interlocal agreement with UTMB that includes $80,000 specifically to enhance these buses in the way UTMB wants these buses to serve their constituents.”
“So, we’re not concerned that Galveston is going to pull out of this Victory Lakes deal?” Johnston asked.
“No way,” Jaworski responded. “Not on my watch.”
The board also voted unanimously to approve a resolution in support of an “evolutionarly” approach toward the locally preferred alternative of commuter rail through the initial development of local bus connectivity, expressed bus transit along the State Highway 3 corridor and eventually, when economically feasible, commuter rail. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer