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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday reviewed progress on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal under construction at the intersection of 25th Street and The Strand as part of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. Listen (1:04:10)

“The transit terminal project is picking up speed,” reported John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation.  “Some of you may have noticed at the site yesterday they assembled the big crane.”

Cararra said the schedule is to complete the terminal in time for an opening in September.

The committee also discussed Island Transit ridership, Seawall Boulevard streetscape improvement recommendations, the Harborside transportation Safety Improvement & Pedestrian Safety project, the New Freedom Grant Fund Project Phase 2, the schedule for the reconstruction of Market, 43rd and 53rd streets, the Galveston Island Bicycle Plan, the formation of the Ad-hoc Trolley Committee and management of high volume traffic during peak summer weekends.  Agenda

During discussion of future agenda items, Julia Hatcher who was recently appointed to the committee by Council Member Norman Pappous, inquired about provisions for Uber transportation in Galveston. Listen (1:14)

“What about the Uber thing?” she asked. 

“I don’t think we’ve ever talked about the Uber….” Chair Hank Thierry responded.

“That’s a taxicab thing,” interjected Andrew Gallagher of the Public Works Department.  “I don’t think we have any control over it.”

“No, it’s not a taxicab service and there was that big article in the paper where the city said they were not regulated and they were not allowed to operate here because they’re not a taxicab,” Hatcher said.

“Then that’s a legal issue,” Gallagher said. 

“Many cities have worked through that issue,” said Carrara.

Jayson Levy said the service is an intermodal form of transportation, “They are on the streets, clearly.”

“Obviously an ordinance has to be written to regulate the Uber,” Hatcher said.

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