Honolulu Rail Finances Report Reviewed at Two Meetings

Heavy rail on a tiny island at a huge cost
Heavy rail on a tiny island
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Heavy rail on a tiny island at a huge cost
Heavy rail on a tiny island

BY CLIFF SLATER – Here are two meetings to discuss the IMG/CB Richard Ellis Report on rail finances:


The first is the City Council Transportation Committee, which will hold a hearing tomorrow Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the City Council Committee Room to discuss he recent Governor�s Report by IMG Group and CB Richard Ellis.

The Committee will allow testimony from the public limited to three minutes per person. The City Administration will present their rebuttal to the Report. We understand that the authors of the Report were not invited.

The second meeting is one presented by the League of Women Voters of Honolulu, which will sponsor a forum on the rail financial report commissioned by Gov. Lingle. The League believes that the report, which cost us taxpayers $350,000, is not well understood by the public. The forum’s purpose is to inform the public of the financial aspect of Honolulu’s rail project. It is neither pro- nor anti-rail.

The free forum takes place this Saturday, January 15, at the Washington Intermediate School cafeteria on King St. and Punahou Streets, starting at 10:00 am.

On the panel will be:

  • UH economics professor James Roumasset
  • Civil Beat reporter Michael Levine,
  • Scott Wilson of the American Institute of Architects,
  • Transportation expert John Brizdle.
  • The City declined to send a representative.

Moderating the forum will be author and film-maker Tom Coffman and Pearl Johnson, chair of the planning committee of the League of Women Voters of Honolulu.

For further info about the forum contact Pearl Johnson at 531-7448 or pearlj@hawaii.rr.com.





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