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(Honolulu, October 6, 2009)- Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that The American Public Transit Association (APTA), the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy group for public transportation, has honored the Honolulu Rail Transit Project with an AdWheel Grand Prize for the “Project DVD for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.”  The award was presented at the APTA annual convention held in Orlando, Florida.


Mayor Hannemann addressed the convention and spoke about the role of Public-Private Partnerships in the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.  Mayor Hannemann noted agreements now in place as the City prepares to break ground for its rail system, and the potential for still more public-private cooperation through the Transit Oriented Development process as the rail line and rail stations are planned and built.


Mayor Hannemann also reconfirmed that the APTA Business Member Board of Governors will come to Honolulu in January of next year to hold its annual meeting at Ko Olina. 


“I am very pleased that the outstanding work of the city has been recognized on a national stage,” said Mayor Mufi Hannenann.  “We are constantly developing innovative ways to present accurate and timely information, and this award validates our past and current efforts to keep the public informed about the project.”


The city’s Rapid Transit Division of the Department of Transportation Services produced the DVD in October 2008 for the distribution of the Draft EIS.  The DVD contains:

  • the Draft EIS as an electronic document
  • a video guide to the Draft EIS that summarizes key facts
  • conceptual renderings of the rail stations
  • computer animated fly throughs of the Airport alternative and Salt Lake alternative


The DVD has also been honored by local communications groups such as the Hawaii Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America-Hawaii.


The disc is available at no charge. For copies contact the Rapid Transit Division at (808) 566-2299 or


Contact: Bill Brennan