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FAA, FTA TO MEET ON RAIL TRANSIT FINAL
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
The Federal Aviation Administration and FTA have been coordinating their final review of the FEIS since last year to accommodate the rail system near the
“I was happy when FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff called this week to advise me that his agency is scheduling a special meeting in
“It is our expectation that no more studies or analyses will be needed after the meeting, since this issue will have been thoroughly examined. All parties are committed to completing the FEIS for release. We are optimistic that, shortly after the conclusion of the airport issue, the FTA will authorize the release of the FEIS,” Hannemann said.
Mayor Hannemann has personally discussed the situation with the top FAA and FTA officials. The Mayor was assured by FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff while in
“I am very pleased that we are in the home stretch of the FEIS,” said Mayor Hannemann. “We have been taking additional time as requested by a few federal agencies to ensure the thoroughness of the rail FEIS. We are not ignoring the EIS process as the State did with the Hawaii Superferry.
“Further delays in the rail transit project are unacceptable. This is the only shovel-ready public works project in
Hannemann noted that City and federal review shows the FEIS will verify the Draft Environmental Impact Statement’s (DEIS) estimate of about 10,000 jobs a year created by rail transit construction. “Job creation is critical during this recession. We want to ensure the most accurate figures possible are in the FEIS.”
The FEIS re-examined job creation using data from the U.S. Department of Commerce that is specific to the City and
“Confirming that rail construction will create an estimated 10,000 jobs a year is great news for our struggling economy,” said Hannemann. “Unemployment is near a 30-year peak. Rail construction can put thousands of residents back to work this year. Local families and businesses urgently need the economic boost that rail can provide, and the emergence of Transit Oriented Development will enable livable communities to flourish.”