Transportation consultant John Carrara updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the development of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal at the northeast corner of The Strand and 25th Street. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“Progress is being made,” Carrara said. “The port is closing this Friday on the purchase of the Shearn Moody parking garage, which is somewhat related to the terminal project.”
The parking garage will be adapted to serve the terminal on the site of the adjacent parking lot which previously was operated by the Brown Family Trust. The terminal is included in downtown enhancements under the Livable Communities Initiative.
Carrara and Galveston Fleet Manager David Smith reported on the new Island Transit buses.
“The buses have all arrived,” Carrara said, noting that local installation of equipment and training of drivers is underway and they will be “wrapped” with images of Galveston Island attractions. “Free service is scheduled to start up on April 29th at the Victory Lakes Park & Ride.”
The free service to introduce the P&R operation, which will provide north county access to the University of Texas Medical Branch and other sites on Galveston Island, as well as northbound service from the island to north county UTMB locations and other stops on the Mainland, will continue for one month.
Carrara reported to the committee that Galveston City Council agreed in workshop to move forward on restoration of the track trolley.
“They had several letters of support that included the action taken by this committee,” he said. “We are very close to having the construction bid package ready for the track improvements.”
He said the project should be finished and the trolleys back in service by late 2013.
Enhancements of the trolley system are also under consideration including an extension of the trolley on Seawall Boulevard to the Galveston Island Convention Center, “which I think has something to do with that facility and the Pleasure Pier,” Carrara said.