Sunday, January 30, 2011

Honolulu Rail Has ‘Big Mo’ on Pro Bowl Sunday

Add today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial section support and exposure to the list of recent Honolulu rail achievements and it’s clear the rail team has momentum is on its side.

The project has racked up a remarkable list of achievements in the past six and one-half weeks – FEIS acceptance, Programmatic Agreement signing, Record of Decision issuance and the granting of a needed SMA permit.

That’s an impressive offensive line to take on the anticipated legal challenges anti-railers surely will mount.

As today’s editorial headlines, the project’s “next stop” is creation of the Rail Transit Authority – officially the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, quarterback of our Rail Transit Team.

We’re obviously stretching to connect with the NFL’s Pro Bowl, which will kick off a few hours from now in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, about three strong-armed quarterback throws from rail’s future station.

We predicted two years ago rail’s groundbreaking would occur before the next Pro Bowl was held here. Well, that’s today, and groundbreaking is still a few weeks away, but we’re confident in this fresh prediction – that by the next NFL game at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu will be well along in finally building this long-sought mobility-enhancing project.

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