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OVER 125 PEOPLE ATTEND CITY'S RAIL TRANSIT ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

 

(Fri., Sept. 3, 2010)—Over 125 people attended the City's 2010 Seniors and Disabilities Workshop: "Equality & Mobility Through Transit" earlier this week at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

 

The free event on Tuesday, August 31, focused on how the planned Honolulu Rail Transit Project is being designed to be accessible for everyone, including accommodations for seniors and those with disabilities.

 

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the event emphasized that the rail transit project is about "providing seniors and those with disabilities with transportation choices."

 

            "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. "Rail will give them choices so they can move about this city to get to work, to play, to shop, seeing the doctor, or visiting their family and friends."

 

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye also gave remarks at the rail accessibility event, commending the event participants for their continued interest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

 

"We are on the eve of developing a transportation system that will be revolutionary here," Inouye said. "Working together with your ideas and contributions we can create a system that will be the marvel of the rest of the nation."

 

The event was held in coordination with senior and disability organizations to gather feedback on the planned rail stations and trains to meet 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.

 

For more information on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project see the project website at www.honolulutransit.org.

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Media Contact: Scott Ishikawa, 768-6172