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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday again failed to achieve a quorum, but held an informal discussion about a new direction for the group.  Listen (23:30)

The ITC is a seven-member committee with only four current members: Lesley Sommer, who is chair, Kathy Modzelewski, Hank Thierry and Jeff Brown. Brown did not attend Wednesday’s meeting.  All but Thierry are term limited. 

Because of the problems with attendance, the committee had been targeted for sunset by Mayor Jim Yarbrough and other members of the new city council, but that was reconsidered at the request of Modzelewsi; and the city council has now decided to seek new members  who will be asked to work to prioritize an existing list of mobility projects.

Transportation consultant Barry Goodman and John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation attended the meeting to discuss mobility issues.  Goodman said the attention of the city council is a good thing.

“I don’t recall that we’ve had City Council actually say to the intermodal committee, ‘I want you to take this on.  I want you to come up with a priority list’, and we’ve got a short time frame to do it,” Goodman said. “One of the reasons for this agenda item is to hopefully get people in the community to send in applications to serve on the committee.”

The group is hoping to schedule a special meeting on Tuesday October 21 at 4 p.m.

Vandy Anderson, chair of Galveston County Navigation District  No. 1, appeared before the committee to discuss progress toward development of a new vehicular bridge to Pelican Island.  Listen (12:49)

“What I hope you people are thinking about is the mobility on the north end of the bridge as it reaches Pelican Island, wherever it lands,” Anderson said.  “A&M is concerned that if it lands where it is now, they’ll have a busy highway through their campus and nobody wants that.”

Later in the meeting, Goodman discussed the work toward development of a railroad bridge to Pelican Island.  Listen  (12:24)

“The Goodman Corporation are the consultants for the Rural Rail Transportation District,” Goodman said.  “What we’ve been tasked to complete is a comprehensive feasibility study of a vehicular and rail bridge between Galveston and Pelican Island.”

Goodman said that study is nearing completion.

“That means that we are looking at the most viable alignments for a new rail bridge and a replacement for the current vehicular bridge,” he said.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Carrara reported that Turner Construction has moved into the Faddin Building to resume construction at the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative.

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