Monday, February 8, 2010

It’s the City’s Turn to Talk Rail Transit in Capitol; Mayor Hannemann Will Connect Project to Jobs

The at-grade vs elevated rail transit debate highlighted the AIA’s session in the State Capitol three weeks ago, but our bet is that the focus will be on jobs, jobs and more jobs when Mayor Mufi Hannemann takes the same stage in two days.

There’s no denying that the sooner the project is underway, the sooner construction workers and the supporting economy will realize the benefits of building Honolulu’s transit system. Even the Governor, who seems unduly influenced by the architects and their at-grade rail proposal, can appreciate the jobs argument.

We’ve spent untold hours here documenting the inherent disadvantages of at-grade transit for a variety of factors – safety, efficiency, reliability and the rest. If all this is new to you, you might want to start reading here.

The program will run from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Capitol’s chamber-level auditorium. Call (808) 768-6136 to inquire about the limited public seating.

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