The Galveston County Rural Rail Transportation District has executed an agreement with Legacy Port Partners for a feasibility study for a new freight rail connection to Pelican Island, located between the ports of Houston and Galveston, Texas, as well as construction of a new four-lane bridge to serve traffic on Pelican Island.
Legacy has agreed to fund the feasibility study and its share of the estimated $1.3 million toward the engineering and environmental studies to get the proposed capital improvements to “shovel ready” status. The North American port properties developer has already conveyed initial funding to the transportation district to begin the feasibility work.
John W. Ford, president of the transportation district, has announced that he is working with representatives of the local navigation district and Galveston Economic Development Partnership to gain support for the initial feasibility study and engineering and environmental work. Ford noted that other stakeholders will be involved too, including the City of Galveston, Port of Galveston, Port of Houston, Texas A & M University, Texas Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration. He also indicated that Barry Goodman, of The Goodman Corp., will be leading the RRTD feasibility study and other coordinating efforts.