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Rail tunnel isn't worth the cost


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2013

~~<p>Hawaii's federal judges expressed security concerns nearly five years ago about the elevated rail system being near the Prince Kuhio Federal Building and nearby courthouse. Now, Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway has urged local and federal transit officials in a July 8 letter &mdash; in an echo of those rail-route objections &mdash; to consider a &quot;more prudent and feasible route.&quot; Such a change as suggested by the judge would be overly expensive and impractical.</p>
<p>In a November 2008 letter to the Federal Transit Administration, Helen Gillmor, Mollway's predecessor as chief judge, suggested that the rail's planned route be changed to Queen, King and Beretania streets to avoid incidents similar to &quot;terrorists' gunfire and/or bombing such as occurred in Oklahoma City and within trains in Madrid.&quot; The present plan is for the rail line to go down Halekauwila Street through Kakaako, which Mollway remarked in a footnote to her letter &quot;was neither prudent nor feasible, particularly with respect to still unresolved serious security risks&quot; to the court building.</p>
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Hawaii's federal judges expressed security concerns nearly five years ago about the elevated rail system being near the Prince Kuhio Federal Building and nearby courthouse. Now, Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway has urged local and federal transit officials in a July 8 letter — in an echo of those rail-route objections — to consider a "more prudent and feasible route." Such a change as suggested by the judge would be overly expensive and impractical.

In a November 2008 letter to the Federal Transit Administration, Helen Gillmor, Mollway's predecessor as chief judge, suggested that the rail's planned route be changed to Queen, King and Beretania streets to avoid incidents similar to "terrorists' gunfire and/or bombing such as occurred in Oklahoma City and within trains in Madrid." The present plan is for the rail line to go down Halekauwila Street through Kakaako, which Mollway remarked in a footnote to her letter "was neither prudent nor feasible, particularly with respect to still unresolved serious security risks" to the court building. Login for more...



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