The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to endorse a request for license to use city right of way by MegaBus at the Island Transit bus stop at 20th and Market until the new Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal is completed.
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Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation said that the Galveston Planning Commission will consider the license to use request at its February 19 meeting.
“MegaBus could be operating from downtown by the end of February,” Carrara said. “And then they will move to the terminal when the terminal opens.”
The official groundbreaking for the terminal, which is included in a Livable Communities grant, is scheduled for January 31.
Carrara said that the Texas Department of Transportation is considering a $1.1 million grant for the terminal project and related streetscape improvements.
“If we get that, then we will have the full $2 million that we need for all the streetscape work that was previously suggested in the master plan,” he said.
At the request of Lesley Sommer, chair of the ITC, each member affirmed that he or she is a resident of the city of Galveston and therefore is qualified to serve on the committee.