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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Galveston transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation informed members of the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday that a settlement has been reached in regards to the Livable Communities Initiative's Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal.
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"A settlement has been reached with the neighboring building," said Carrara. "It entails purchasing the building by Turner Construction and the wharves board."

Carrara further explained that Turner is purchasing the building "so that they can go on and do the work and make all the rest of the claims go away and then move the project along" while the Port of Galveston "will own it as sort of security for Turner's performance of all the things they have to do."

After the terminal is completed the building will be put back on the market.

Closing on the purchase of the building from Allen Flores is set for May 29.  Carrara said he's optimistic construction will begin in July. 

Carrara updated the group on the Seawall Boulevard improvement project.

"We are still trying to find out where the money is for the bicycle program," he said. "A funding agreement is being worked out between the city and (the Texas Department of Transportation)."

The city hired engineers to design the construction plans for the paving project, which will take place next winter, he added.

Carrara provided the committee with documents such as his trolley and tourism-related report and slides highlighting the second phase of the Seawall Boulevard Transit/Pedestrian Access & Beautification Program, as well as maps including the proposed routes and stations.

Committee chair Lesley Sommer stressed there are many residents who rely on public transportation, despite the statements by some members of Galveston City Council.
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"We're not fighting to bring the trolleys back just because they're pretty, and they are cute and they are a great tourist attraction," said Sommer. "It's because we have a lot of people that need public transportation in this community."

The group was meeting without a quorum, thus no action could be taken. Those present included Sommer, Kathy Modzelewski and Hank Thiery. 
Ernie Connor, Jeff Brown and Council Member Cornelia Harris Banks, the city council's ex-officio representative, were absent. Agenda

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