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Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution responding to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Improvement Plan criteria regarding transit administration facilities.

The resolution calls on the H-GAC to “reconsider funding transportation facilities that are dedicated to administration functions.”

The board voted to adopt a resolution of support for modification of the City of Galveston’s Title VI Program to meet with requirements by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The board voted to adopt a resolution of support of the Gulf Coast Center’s application for funding through TxDOT’s 2018 Coordinated Call for projects.

All three resolutions were approved by unanimous vote. The next board meeting is planned for April 5, which is a Thursday.

During the meeting, Barry Goodman with the Goodman Corporation discussed financial matters concerning the League City Park and Ride.

“We have, for years, been trying to get our fair share of funding that METRO collects from those citizens in Galveston County that are in the Houston UZA (Urbanized Area) but outside of METRO’s service area,” Goodman said. “I estimate that that now is between $850,000 and $950,000 every year.”

Goodman noted that METRO’s latest policy “essentially shuts the door” on the county for receiving Section 5307 transportation funding through federal services.

He then said stated that the City of Galveston has sent notification that they were terminating their contract with the Gulf Coast Center for operation of the League City Park and Ride, which has been operating in a partnership between the city, the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Gulf Coast Center.

Goodman stated that that parties in discussion for continuing the service following the termination date of the city’s contract.

“We will keep the park and ride going,” Goodman said. “We have a plan of action that is in motion right now.”

He said the Gulf Coast Center is being considered for directly operating the buses utilized for the park and ride service.

“We have the money to sustain the service at a level that is 80 percent of what is operated right now,” he said.

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