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Mini-transit hubs in outlying counties could ease suburbs' growing congestion

Houston Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2007 HOUSTON - A consultant who used to head the Metropolitan Transit Authority is pitching Galveston and Brazoria counties on the idea of a mini-MTA to help cope with the fast-growing suburbs' rising traffic tide. Transportation consultant Barry Goodman, who served in 1978 and 1979 as Metro's first executive director, told local officials at a transportation summit in League City that a good starter project for such a body would be Park & Ride bus service to Galveston. Goodman said although many Bay Area residents work in Galveston, the only Park & Ride service from the area is Metro's, which goes to Houston. Galveston lies outside Metro's jurisdiction. About $400,000 in federal air-quality money is available through the Houston-Galveston Area Council to support initial operations, Goodman said. Goodman has sent League City a proposal to have Park & Ride buses operate from the city's sports complex, east of Interstate 45 at Texas 96, to downtown Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch.



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