Transportation consultant Barry Goodman of The Goodman Corporation at this morning's workshop meeting of Galveston City Council reviewed an interlocal agreement with the Galveston Housing Authority for the use of 32 designated parking places at the Island Community Center for a Galveston site for the Victory Lakes Park & Ride operation; and also discussed an amendment to the TGC’s Existing Rail Task#1 to include the “sustainable Transit Implementation” component as part of the existing alternative analysis phase work. Listen
Both items are on the action agenda for this afternoon’s formal meeting of the city council.
“It is the row of parking that is closest to Broadway along the front of the facility,” Goodman explained about the P&R spaces for island commuters using the service to go north to Victory Lakes.
“Will there eventually, or at some point, be an extension of service from Victory Lakes to Houston?” asked Mayor Pro Tem Linda Colbert.
“Yes,” Goodman responded. “We are working with METRO now,” Goodman said, noting that the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority currently provides park and ride service at Bay Area Boulevard.
Goodman explained that funding from different federal programs are involved, but that the goal is to provide “a seamless alternative express mobility system in this corridor that will enable anyone in Galveston to get anywhere in Houston easily and inexpensively.”
He said that he will be arranging a meeting between Galveston officials and METRO Executive Director George Greanias to discuss ways to work toward that goal. Council Member Elizabeth Beeton asked to be included in the meeting.
“I think it’s great that the Galveston Housing Authority is going to make these spaces available free,” Beeton said.
Goodman also updated the city council on the Frito Lay development at Fort Crockett on the Seawall. Listen
The regular meeting of Galveston City Council begins at 4 p.m.
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