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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee
by John David Suayan
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee, despite not achieving a quorum today, informally discussed the trolley restoration project.

Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation and committee member Clyde Wood attended a Trolley Steering Committee meeting which preceded the ITC meeting. The Galveston City Council appointed Wood to succeed former committee chair Hank Thierry as the ITC’s representative on the TSC. Listen (7:58)

“The committee is very interested in marketing, as you all know, so they feel like they need a marketing plan to be professionally developed,” said Carrara. “We’re coming up within a year we will need that, so they passed a resolution today to request the city to allocate funds and do a request for proposals for a marketing consultant to do a trolley marketing plan. We’ll see where that goes.”

When asked about a general time frame, Carrara said that it would take two months to “get somebody on board.”

Wood added that the TSC talked about trolley track restoration, which will begin in December.

Carrara provided the ITC with an update on the Seawall Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project, noting that the underground work for the bus stop locations is complete and the pavers will be installed by the end of the week. Listen (4:21)

He mentioned that the first prefabricated restroom will be put up at 45th Street and Seawall Boulevard by the end of October. The Seawall restrooms will likely be given a name similar to those in Portland, Oregon.

Public Works Director Kyle Hockersmith outlined a tentative schedule of future ITC meetings. He said the committee will meet on November 2, 2016; January 4, 2017; March 1, 2017; May 3, 2017; July 5, 2017; September 6, 2017; and November 1, 2017.

The ITC will vote on the schedule at its next meeting.

“The intent there was to have an opportunity to go back to council with anything before the next meeting,” explained Hockersmith, who presided over the meeting in Chair Janet Hoffman’s place with committee member Jayson Levy’s assistance.

He said that the 11 a.m.-12 p.m. meeting time will be up for discussion as well.

Hoffman, Julia Hatcher, Steven Creitz, and Alice Watford were absent. Agenda

Galveston City Council Member Amy Bly attended the meeting.

To listen to the entire meeting, Click Here (58:47)

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