League City is requesting proposals from people who know how to apply to the Federal Transit Administration to help the city become eligible for grants.

The process, if successful, could eventually help fund a park-and-ride transit center and parking garage.

The city council voted Oct. 11 to release a formal request for proposals to find the best qualified candidate and the best cost for the project. The council did this instead of approving The Goodman Corp. to do the work for $160,000. The Goodman Corp. estimated it would take six to eight months to compile the studies and reports necessary to send to the Federal Transit Administration.

The city administration chose The Goodman Corp. for the work without taking bids on the project.

The goal of the studies and reports is to get a “letter of no prejudice,” which means the administration would give League City the status of grantee. Once the city has the letter, it can apply for federal matching grants for transit projects.

A parking garage and transit center at 144 Park Ave. could be the cornerstone of a $10.4 million plan for downtown revitalization. About $2.5 million of the Main Street project could be eligible for federal transit funding, city staff said. The project could include drainage, landscaping, bike trails and walking paths that lead from different neighborhoods to the proposed parking garage.

Proposals are due 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in the city’s purchasing office, 300 W. Walker St.

The city has proposal guidelines at www.leaguecity.com/bids.aspx.

Valerie Wells is a reporter at The Daily News and can be reached at 409-683-5246 or valerie.wells@galvnews.com.

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