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Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today a series of community meetings between October 14 and 23 to further inform residents about Honolulu’s rail transit project. The community meetings will feature information about current and future traffic conditions on Oahu; the 20-mile elevated rail route and how it will reduce future traffic congestion; rail stations and locations; the projected costs of building and maintaining the rail line; economic impact, including the 11,000 jobs that would be created during construction; steel wheel technology; and environmental factors, among the many facets of rail transit.


“Community outreach is one of the foundations of this project, and this slate of community meetings will continue to engage the public in this important project,” said Mayor Hannemann. “Our goal from the beginning of this process has been to educate residents about the facts of Honolulu’s future traffic congestion, inform them about the best options available and deliver results.”


The community meetings will feature exhibits, displays and handouts, and project staff will be on hand to answer questions from residents.


All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting schedule is:


·       October 14 at Holomua Elementary School, 91-1561 Keaunui Drive in Ewa Beach

·       October 15 at Manoa Elementary School, 3155 Manoa Road in Manoa

·       October 16 at Waipahu Intermediate School, 94-455 Farrington Highway in Waipahu

·       October 21 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Avenue in Honolulu

·       October 22 at Farrington High School, 1564 North King Street in Kalihi

·       October 23 at Mililani Waena Elementary, 95-502 Kipapa Drive in Mililani


In addition, the rail transit project will staff a booth with comprehensive information on the rail project at the Food and New Product Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from October 10 to 12.




Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Contact: Wayne Yoshioka 768-8303



Thursday, October 09, 2008

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