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Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday provided the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee a final update on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal. Listen (3:54)

“The terminal is now open as of February 24,” said Carrara. “It’s doing very well both for Island Transit and providing restroom service to the public.”

Lila Zuniga, Island Transit Administrative Services Manager, added that the terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative, received its first customer at 6:10 a.m. the day it opened for business.

“They like it,” said Zuniga. “They are truly enjoying it. For once, my drivers don’t have to search for a bathroom anymore and our passengers are indoors during bad weather, rain, cold. They are all in there.”

When asked about the fate of the former stop at 20th and Market Streets, Carrara said the city has not made a decision as to what will be done in the area.

In her Island Transit ridership report, Zuniga advised that the Mall of the Mainland Park & Ride will come to a close on March 31 and will merge with the League City Victory Lakes Park & Ride. Passengers who have been using the MOM P&R will soon embark and disembark at a lot at the intersection of Delany Road and Monticello Drive near the Gulf Freeway, she said.

The committee discussed the recent lane shift at 51st Street and Broadway. Committee member Jayson Levy discussed the project. Listen (16:56)

“As someone who uses 51st and Broadway every night to go home, that was a great example of the city kind of retrofitting our existing lanes and figuring out the smart way to use them,” said Levy.

Galveston City Council Member Ralph McMorris informed the committee that the city council will discuss and consider changes in frequency of meetings for boards, commissions and committees, including the ITC, at its March 24 regular meeting. He took a poll in which the committee voted unanimously to continue meeting monthly. Listen (3:16)

“It’s up to city council, but I will make the statement when I go in there,” said McMorris.

The ITC achieved a full quorum of seven members plus McMorris for the first time since its May 21, 2015 meeting. Agenda

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (1:28:05)

The next meeting of the ITC is scheduled for April 13 at 11 a.m. pending action by the city council.

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