Tuesday, April 19, 2011

No Gas Price Record Yet; HART Members Named

The big Honolulu rail news this week isn't what we thought it would be.

We were convinced we'd see a new record price for gas* last week or over the weekend, both statewide and in Honolulu. But the rocket ride in that direction has slowed to a crawl, almost as if those unseen all-controlling forces are reluctant to push prices into unfamiliar territory.

That'll happen soon enough, so in the absence of big headlines about the price of gas, the biggest rail-related news this week has been the appointment of six individuals to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board that will run Honolulu’s system.

Mayor Carlisle and the City Council each appointed three members yesterday. The six represent the community on the board and are non-government members. The top transportation officials at the state and city levels are designated for board service by the City Charter amendment approved by Oahu voters in November.

These eight voting members will select a ninth voting member. The final seat on the 10-member board will be filled by the director of the city’s Planning and Permitting Department, an ex-officio and non-voting member.

Check back tomorrow to see if those record gas price headlines have appeared.

* If it's about high gas prices, it's definitely related to rail and future ridership.

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