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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received a progress report on the construction of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal.

The meeting was held as an informal gathering since the committee failed to achieve a quorum.

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation gave the report on the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. Listen (1:04)

Carrara said the terminal is headed toward completion in October.

“It’ll be up to Island Transit staff and the Port (of Galveston) exactly when Island Transit will move into that facility and start their bus operations from there,” he said. “There will be plenty of notice as to whether it will be late October or sometime in November when that occurs.”

Residents Mary Lou Milazzo and Jack Kaufman addressed the committee on communication and safety issues pertaining to the 43rd Street project. Listen (13:57)

“We’re missing communication,” said Milazzo. “We’re just not receiving communication that we would need to be well informed about what’s going on.”

Milazzo said her husband is very disabled, and the project has presented them an access issue.

“We have been asking since March for protection of his access as our street is torn up,” she explained.

Milazzo also requested that 43rd Street be turned into a temporary one way to protect her and her neighbors’ safety.

Kaufman expressed concern about sidewalks.

“I just wanted to make sure that I know where the sidewalks are going to be put, because at one time they were going to be like inches from my house, but I’ve never gotten a map saying where they’re going to be exactly,” he said.

Kaufman told the committee a teenage motorist traveling on 43rd Street ended up in his front yard and caused some property damage because of the detritus from the project, emphasizing the need for safety measures.

The committee discussed the possibility of it supporting and participating in the 2016 National Bike to Work Day event next May. Listen (5:56)

Jayson Levy suggested that there ought to be an announcement for an unofficial groundbreaking for the city’s bike trails to usher in the event.

He also hinted at getting an appropriate city staff member to ride their bicycle.

“There’s a lot of easy-to-achieve activities that would help the city become more multi-modal,” said Levy. “I mean, we got the racks on our buses so let’s get people using the bikes.”

The group brought up the idea of having members of Galveston City Council ride bikes on May 20, which is Bike to Work Day.

“I think our email list includes all of city council,” said Levy. “It may catch fire. They may see it and look at it.”

“If we give them a few months’ notice,” remarked Andrew Gallagher of the Department of Public Works.

Carrara said that the city’s bike enthusiasts and bike shop owners should get involved in the event given their knowledge of which streets are best for bikes.

Galveston Park Board Project Manager Sheryl Rozier was scheduled to speak on a resolution endorsing the recommendations contained in the Galveston Park Board–Tourism Transportation Study, but opted instead to wait until the next ITC meeting to make her presentation.

Gallagher presented a progress report on 61st Street Corridor Traffic Signal Study and its relationship to two candidate transportation improvement projects at the north end of 61st Street.

The committee took no action on any items since Chair Hank Thierry, Janet Hoffman, Rob Glover and Steven Creitz were absent. Clyde Wood presided over the meeting in Thierry's place. Agenda

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (59:52)

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