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CITY TO HOST RAIL TRANSIT ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP AUGUST 31

 

(Thurs., Aug. 19, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today invited the public to attend the 2010 Seniors and Disabilities Workshop: "Equality & Mobility Through Transit," on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, Hawaii Suite.

 

"Our kupuna and those with disabilities already make up 25 percent of our current city bus ridership, and are expected to be consistent riders of Honolulu's rail transit system," Caldwell said.

In addition, Acting Mayor Caldwell emphasized that "our rail transit project is about providing our seniors and those with disabilities with transportation equity that allows them to travel safely, fast, efficiently and reliably."

 

The free event will focus on how the planned Honolulu Rail Transit Project is being designed to be accessible for everyone, including accommodations for seniors and those with disabilities. The workshop will feature guest speakers, displays and workshops. The Hawaii Suite is located on the first floor of the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Parking will be available at the Blaisdell Center.

 

The event is being held in coordination with senior and disability organizations to gather feedback on the planned rail stations and trains to best fit their members' needs and make rail transit a comfortable and convenient experience.

 

Public comments gathered from the event will take place while federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards are currently being updated. Comments from the workshop could also be used in future educational programs on how to access and ride the trains.

 

To register for the event, contact the Honolulu Rail Transit Project at 566-2299 or e-mail info@honolulutransit.org.

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Media Contact: Scott Ishikawa, 768-6172