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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed progress on the Downtown Intermodal Transit Terminal and the Downtown Streetscape Project, which are part of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. Listen (3:58)

“The downtown terminal construction is moving very quickly, finally,” said John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation reporting that completion of the building is on schedule for the end of August. 

ITC Chair Hank Thierry was scheduled to report on the Ad-hoc Trolley Committee, but instead had to report that several of those appointed to the committee have not completed the training required by the state regarding open meetings and public information; and thus, have not had a meeting.  Listen (3:14)

“It looks like they have been emailed a couple of times from city personnel,” Thierry said, who acknowledged that he has had his training.  “We need to get this going.”

However, Carrara said a meeting of that group is not crucial at this time.

“We’re still working with the city about some of the track improvements,” Carrara said.  “They want to combine some drainage improvements with the track improvements in one bid package.”

During the discussion of the trolley project, Assistant City Engineer Andrew Gallagher reported on personnel changes in the Public Works Department.

The committee also discussed Island Transit ridership, Seawall Boulevard Streetscape improvement recommendations, New Freedom Grant Fund Project Phase 2 and the status and schedule for street reconstruction projects.

For the first time in years the committee had a full seven members. Thierry, Clyde Wood, Jayson Levy, Rob Glover, Janet Hoffman and Julia Hatcher were joined by Stephen Crites, who was appointed to the committee by Council Member Dr. Craig Brown at last week’s city council meeting.

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (1:09:53)

The next meeting of the ITC is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

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