Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bids for Rail’s First Segment Under Budget

What the……!? Two positive stories on rail within 72 hours?

First came Thursday’s Council on Revenues forecast for five years of strong economic growth once we get past the current fiscal year. You didn’t find that message until deep into the stories and below the downer headlines, but the overall picture was positive.

Now comes today’s word from City Hall that bids for the first construction phase of the transit project between Kapolei and Waipahu are coming in 10-25 percent under expectations in February, when the request for proposals went out.

Major government projects are experiencing that all over the country, and it’s no different here. (Joni Earl, CEO of Sound Transit, spoke to this point when she was in Honolulu for the June transit symposium.) Two early newscasts carried the item, with KGMB giving video treatment to Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s press conference:

Next up: Tuesday evening’s Pearlridge Station Community Workshop at Pearlridge Elementary School, 98-940 Moanalua Road, from 6:30-9 o’clock.

6 am Monday Update:

Today's newspaper coverage of the Mayor's news-making press conference is comment worthy. The Star-Bulletin story includes anti-rail comments by a long-time critic who continues in his apparent belief that the current recession will last forever. That's the only way his projection of a financing shortfall could turn out to be the case. Every piece of good economic news, such as the Council on Revenue's forecast and increasing tourism numbers, eats away at his gloomy prediction.

As for the Advertiser's "coverage".......there isn't any, and maybe that says a lot.

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