Wednesday, October 14, 2009

‘tiser’s Editorial Urges Council To ‘Stay on Course’

It’s getting so we want to turn to the editorial page first! Today’s Honolulu Advertiser editorial makes for good reading if you’re a supporter of the City’s rail transit project.

Other recent pro-rail pieces on the Advertiser’s opinion page include its September 27th “Let’s Move On and Make Rail Happen” editorial and last Sunday’s Hot Seat interview with Don Horner, CEO of First Hawaiian Bank.

Noting the Federal Transit Administration’s recent go-ahead to the project for Preliminary Engineering, the editorial captured the critical nature of this most recent step:

The importance of this Federal Transit Administration approval must not be underestimated. Permission of the FTA to proceed with preliminary engineering means that the Honolulu project has risen to the top of the stack of "new starts" proposals vying for federal dollars. That signifies a consensus among key FTA officials that the project meets the high bar set by federal regulations for its initial planning and financial blueprint.

The project looks to be meeting its schedule for a December groundbreaking, and that likely will happen if the editorial’s advice to stay the course is heeded.

Pearlridge Station Workshop
The second community-based workshop on the Pearlridge station will be held Thursday evening, 5-30-9:00 at the Pearl Ridge Elementary School, 98-940 Moanalua Road. The project team will present preliminary sketches and designs for station entrances. Area residents are invited to participate and provide feedback to the team. For information on the free workshop, call 566-2299.

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