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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday reviewed the status of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal on Wednesday. Listen (38:52)

The meeting had originally been scheduled for the previous week, but was rescheduled due to lack of a quorum.  Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation could not attend the rescheduled meeting, but he provided a written report on several items that was read by Assistant City Engineer Andrew Gallagher.

“The lawsuit settlement is still moving forward on schedule to be executed on May 29,” Gallagher said, reading from the letter, which noted that the settlement is also on this week’s Galveston City Council agenda.

Carrara’s report included an update on the Livable Communities Initiative, Phase 2.

“A test installation of Postoffice streetlights has been made at 15th and Postoffice Street,” Carrara wrote.  “Those lights are the style to be used for the city council-funded East End lighting program.”

He also noted that the new city council is being asked to approve the cash local match to purchase five rubber tire trolley buses.

Cararra’s report included updates on the Island Transit Comprehensive Plan, Seawall Streetscape Improvements, Bicycle Lanes and Routes, Pelican Island Bridges and the Grow America Program.

“This is the Obama Administration’s ambitious recommendation for substantial increase in funding for both roadway and transit systems,” Carrara explained, regarding the Grow America Program, which is being considered by Congress.  “A long period of debate is expected prior to a final decision.

There were no action items for the committee’s consideration.  Ernie Connor, who is retiring from Mitchell Historic Properties, notified Gallagher that he is moving from Galveston and will thus vacate his seat on the committee.  This leaves three vacant positions on the seven member committee.

Cornelia Harris Banks, the city council ex-officio representative on the committee, was absent.

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