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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Tuesday held its first meeting since Galveston City Council appointed new members. 

Three of the outgoing members, Lesley Sommer, Jeff Brown and Kathy Modzelewski attended the meeting to approve minutes of previous meetings before the new members, Janet Hoffman, Clyde Wood, Paul Schnitger and Addie Pappous joined Hank Thierry, the only member of the old committee remaining because he was not term limited.  Norman Pappous, the designated ex-officio representative of the city council, did not attend the meeting.

The first order of business for the new committee was to elect officers. Thierry was elected chair and Janet Hoffman vice chair.

Thierry welcomed the new members and thanked the outgoing members for their service.

“Jeff Brown, Kathy Modzelewski and Lesley Sommer have been consummate professionals in giving of their time to participate on this committee,” he said.  “They’ve given many, many years and dedicated hours and service to bring new ideas to move long standing initiatives forward in collaboration with the Goodman group.”

Barry Goodman and John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated the new members on various projects, including a list of mobility projects that the committee is charged with prioritizing.
Listen (19:15)

“It is important that this committee help, through information that we provide to you, determine priorities for certain things that will translate into initiatives to get funding to support those priorities,” Goodman said.

The consultants also discussed projects pending under the Livable Communities Initiative, including the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, which is under construction. Listen (33:29)

Catherine Gorman from the Planning Department reviewed the existing Galveston Thoroughfare Plan and related planning efforts.  Listen (30:07)

“It’s not specific to our main streets, Broadway or Seawall or something like that,” Gorman said.  “It does include all streets; and it includes plans and projects that aren’t specific to cars, and also you’ll see lists of projects that have to do with more intermodal kinds of transportation – bicycles and pedestrians.”

“I’ve been riding my bicycle to work for five years now,” Wood said. 

“And one day we will have a path, or at least a sign for you,” Gorman responded. 

Schnitger complained about the lack of information that is currently available online. 

“All of these projects, I feel, should be accessible to everyone on the website that the city has,” he said.  “Because, I went on the website and couldn’t find anything about transportation.” 

The group agreed to hold a special workshop to review the various projects on November 12 before the next regular meeting of the committee on November 19.

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