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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the status of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal construction project.

Carrara said the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative, is basically complete with a few punch list items needed to be completed. Listen (6:01)

He added that the city manager and the city’s finance director are currently working with the Port of Galveston on its business plan, which is required in order to demonstrate to the city how the facility is operated.

“As soon as those details are worked out, the opening would be able to take place,” explained Carrara. “We’re still not sure when that date is. I’m hoping it would be some time in February.”

Island Transit buses will be rerouted, and the public will be informed of the process at least two weeks prior to the terminal’s opening, he said.

When asked about which retail components will occupy the terminal, Carrara mentioned a shop, a restaurant and an art gallery whose names he could not divulge because they have not entered into agreements.

Regarding the streetscape design project, the consultant reiterated that the Texas Department of Transportation recently awarded the city an additional $400,000 for the program.

“The city is working with TxDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for the actual delivery of those funds,” he said. “The city’s preference is to transfer those funds into one of the two federal transit grants that they already have for this work, which would be the simplest way on the city side.”

The committee also discussed the Seawall Boulevard Streetscape Improvement and Overlay projects in addition to matters concerning 61st Street and its intersection with I-45.

Carrara told the group he attended the Trolley Steering Committee’s fall quarterly meeting. The TSC plans to have a solicitation out for vehicle manufacturers at the end of this month, he said.

Steven Creitz, Galveston City Council Member and ex-officio Ralph McMorris and Public Works Director Kyle Hockersmith were absent. Agenda

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (1:04:37)

The next meeting of the ITC is tentatively scheduled for February 3.

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