Lingle’s $300,000 study was released soon thereafter and predictably was critical of the planned system inasmuch it was partially written by a pro-bus, anti-rail activist whose long-time advocacy of buses instead of rail transit for Los Angeles received considerable media attention.
Within 10 days of taking office, Abercrombie accepted the FEIS, an act that set in motion a chain of events that included final action on the Programmatic Agreement, the FTA’s Record of Decision, a SMA permit from the City Council and the appointment of members to the New Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
That’s a lot of transit-related change within six months in Honolulu, and Los Angeles hasn’t been standing still on transit either. As Dana Gabbard of the Southern California Transit Advocates wrote recently:
Rail transit in the LA Basin has never been stronger, so has Hell frozen over? With no personal knowledge of that improbable event, our conclusion is that common sense has taken hold in the Southland.
LA has moved beyond its era of single-minded car dependence. Honolulu is moving in that direction, too. Our gas price set yet another record today.