TGC was selected by Gulf Coast Center (GCC) to complete advanced planning, prelimary engineering, and construction phase services of the League City Park and Ride project. League City, located nearly equidistant between downtown Houston and Galveston Island, has tremendous demand for commuter transit services in both the northbound and southbound directions. TGC conducted the Advanced Planning study to quantify the potential ridership demand, choose an appropriate site, develop an operating plan, and lay out a strategy for securing both capital and operating funds for the park & ride facility.
Upon completion of the Advanced Planning report, TGC assisted the GCC in securing a LONP in the amount of $6.1 million from the FTA. The LONP provided recognition from FTA that the project was eligible for federal funding, and also provided environmental clearance. The LONP authorized GCC to spend local money to implement the project, while reserving its ability to compete for federal funding reimbursement for a period of five years.
TGC was successful in securing $2.2 million for GCC in federal “stimulus” funds and a $750,000 Congressional earmark to fund design and construction of the League City Park & Ride. Additionally, TGC facilitated the low-cost ground lease that allowed the value of the land on which the park & ride was built to be captured as “local match,” a prerequisite for receiving federal funds.
The park and ride began operating in late May 2012.