Federal agencies are taking longer to review the plan and the system’s integration with their activities than the original timetable had provided. That’s not a cause for alarm, as the anti-rail faction hopes; rather, it’s a prudent approach to the largest construction project in the history of the state, as Council Chair Todd Apo suggests in this story.
The anti-rail crowd is glomming onto the timetable’s slippage. We’ll give them that much – it has slipped – but not the rest of their gloomy predictions. This year will be the most significant in Honolulu’s decades-long effort to build a grade-separated transit system – an alternative to being stuck in traffic congestion in the morning and evening rush hours and increasingly during the middle of the day, too.