The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to introduce a resolution endorsing the recommendations contained in the Galveston Park Board's Tourism Transportation Study. Listen (10:55)
Park Board Project Manager Sheryl Rozier presented the committee with the study’s findings. Rozier explained that the Park Board’s Tourism Development Advisory Committee looked at the study and put together short-term improvements and recommendations.
“What came out of their meeting is they did discuss and consider approving the transportation study and the short-term committee recommendations, and that did passed yesterday so we’re finished meeting with that subcommittee of the Park Board,” she said, adding the TDAC requested their recommendations be incorporated into the document.
ITC Chair Hank Thierry expressed satisfaction with the study.
“This traffic tourism transportation study by the Park Board has been fantastic,” said Thierry. “It probably mirrored a lot of our concerns on many levels with some of the things we ourselves as a committee have presented to the city for some of the long-term improvements, for funding. And it seems we’re particularly on the same page with just the pavement... just the functionality for everyone to include tourism.”
Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation told the committee that the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal construction project “is moving along very quickly now.” Listen (1:45)
“The terminal area is defined, the restrooms are almost complete, the retail area is taking shape,” said Carrara.
He added the Galveston Wharves Board informed him that they have two tenants signed to leases and one pending for another tenant. He said that the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative, will be open and operating by the end of the year.
“The majority of the work should be complete by mid-October,” said Carrara. “We’re hoping for a completion date sometime in November.”
Thierry provided a report on the first meeting of the Galveston Trolley Steering Committee, of which he is a member. Listen (1:33)
“We only met once; we selected a chair (Kyle Albright),” he said.
Thierry said no real action was taken and the GTSC will meet once a quarter.
The committee recognized Assistant City Engineer Andrew Gallagher on his retirement. Listen (:45)
“This Intermodal Transportation Committee gives sincere thanks and gratitude to Mr. Andrew Gallagher for his years of service to the City of Galveston,” extolled Thierry.
“I’ll be getting my Seawall Boulevard parking sticker,” joked Gallagher.
Rob Glover, Jayson Levy and Clyde Wood were absent. Agenda
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Thierry said the next meeting of the ITC will be either 8:15 a.m. on October 15 or 3:30 p.m. on October 21 pending a request.