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Time to get rolling on rail transit


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 08, 2013

~~<p>In a little more than a week, work could resume on a project that its advocates have anticipated, in various forms, for four decades. The legal battles over Oahu's 20-mile, $5.26 billion fixed-rail system have not yet concluded, but a major barrier has been dismantled, and that occasion remains a red-letter day for the City and County.</p>
<p>Assuming the remaining litigation poses no further delay, the developers of Honolulu's largest public-works initiative, which will link East Kapolei with Ala Moana, must now focus exclusively on bringing in the project on time, within budget and in the plain view of Oahu residents. The public, which has been financing rail with a general excise tax surcharge for more than six years, will have viewing opportunities during key City Council discussions, starting Monday (see box).</p>
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In a little more than a week, work could resume on a project that its advocates have anticipated, in various forms, for four decades. The legal battles over Oahu's 20-mile, $5.26 billion fixed-rail system have not yet concluded, but a major barrier has been dismantled, and that occasion remains a red-letter day for the City and County.

Assuming the remaining litigation poses no further delay, the developers of Honolulu's largest public-works initiative, which will link East Kapolei with Ala Moana, must now focus exclusively on bringing in the project on time, within budget and in the plain view of Oahu residents. The public, which has been financing rail with a general excise tax surcharge for more than six years, will have viewing opportunities during key City Council discussions, starting Monday (see box). Login for more...



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