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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today praised U.S. Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka on the Senate’s approval of a $20-million appropriation for the City’s planned fixed-guideway system linking Kapolei and downtown Honolulu.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “This is another significant step forward in the realization of our plans for a mass transit system that will serve the people of Oahu for years to come.  We have already begun the preliminary engineering design and environmental impact study for the fixed guideway, and this federal support will help underwrite that effort.


            “Our senior senator, Dan Inouye, has been unstinting in his support for our work from its inception, and this just proves his leadership in garnering the votes of his colleagues and his mastery of the legislative process.  We owe him and Senator Akaka, as well as the other members of our Congressional delegation, our gratitude for their success.


            “This latest success will enable us to build on the momentum we’ve generated for our fixed guideway and to offer another transportation choice for commuters.”


            The measure now goes to a conference committee.





Bill Brennan, 527-6928


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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