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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday failed to achieve a quorum, but held an informal discussion about key projects in the city.

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation provided an update on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal construction project. Listen (3:28)

“The building work is completed,” said Carrara. “Island Transit is currently planning to transition their service into the terminal on the 21st of February. There’s no date yet from the city or from the port for an official grand opening.”

He added that the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative, took “a long time coming into being, but everybody in the city is really excited that it’s finally coming around.”

Committee member Steven Creitz inquired about the availability of the building’s public restrooms to which Carrara replied that they will be ready on February 21, the same day as the facility’s “soft opening.”

Regarding the Streetscape Design Project, Carrara said funding from the Texas Department of Transportation has not been received yet.

“We’re having trouble getting the actual access to the funds for the city,” he said, stating the city preferred to transfer the aforementioned funds to the Federal Transit Administration so they can be combined with an existing grant.

Betty L. Evans-Klappenbach from the Galveston Field Office of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services spoke to the committee about public transportation issues for the disabled in Galveston County. Listen (6:31)

“I had three people who had jobs, lose their jobs due to transportation changes,” said Evans-Klappenbach. “And that’s pretty devastating when it’s very challenging to get these people employed in the first place.”

The committee additionally discussed items relating to Seawall Boulevard and the intersection of I-45 and 61st Street, as well as a pedestrian and bicyclist study.

No action was taken because of a lack of a quorum.

Chair Hank Thierry, Janet Hoffman, Jayson Levy, Clyde Wood and Alice Watford were absent. Public Works Director Kyle Hockersmith presided over the meeting in Thierry’s place. Agenda

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (48:53)

The next meeting of the ITC is scheduled for March 23 at 11 a.m.

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