The Galveston County Transit District Board of Directors on Wednesday listened to transportation consultant Barry Goodman of The Goodman Corporation discuss the Texas Department of Transportation Code of Ethics and Compliance Review.
Goodman explained that the GCTD last year was asked by TXDOT’s new Ethics and Compliance Division to sign a Code of Ethics. He added that the office selected the GCTD as among a few agencies to measure in terms of their compliance.
“It is really the City of Galveston that is going to be audited on this by this new layer of bureaucracy that we have in government,” he said. “You all executed a resolution and the chairperson signed a compliance certification.”
The board and Goodman also discussed the future of transit services in the county.
“We face challenges here in Galveston County to sustain our transit decisions,” said Goodman. “We don’t have a tax base that supports as Houston METRO does. We rely on support from our member cities for fixed route services being operated in those cities that currently get them.”
He stated that the transit district has to work hard to identify if there is any possibility in the future of some sustainable tax base support in order to sustain services in a general sense.
The Goodman Corporation’s John Carrara updated the GCTD on the progress of key projects in Galveston while Yvonne Fedee talked about the bus system infrastructure in Dickinson.
Carrara said that the Galveston-Houston transit service will soon come to fruition, stating it will run three times a day with a fare set at $4.50.
The board did not vote on any action items.
The board welcomed Dickinson Management Assistant Bryan Milward and Clear Lake Shores City Council Member Bud Solmonsson to the meeting, which was held at the Pioneer House in La Marque.
The next meeting of the GCTD will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Nessler Center in Texas City.
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