Posted by: loomisisc | October 31, 2009

“This is not a virtual dream folks…This is our reality.”

“This is not a virtual dream folks…This is our reality,” said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman as he stepped out from behind a movie screen  and met before 300 attendees at the city’s State of the Rail Address.  With energy, enthusiasm and a little bit of theatre, the Mayor reaffirmed his commitment to the rail project and detailed the next steps before groundbreaking.

While the city waits to hear the results of the Environmental Impact Statement and approval from the Federal Transit Administration, Hanneman said he would be willing to delay the ground breaking one month to ensure that no details go unnoticed.

The city has recently awarded the first rail $483 million construction contract to Kiewit Pacific. The Mayor said that the city can expect 4,000 jobs to be created directly from the rail project alone in 2010.


Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman

State of the Rail

State of the Rail Address in Mission Memorial Auditorium


Read more local coverage here:

Say Yes To Rail
Honolulu Mayor Accepts Groundbreaking Delay on Rail Project To Provide for a Complete Review

Hawaii News Now
Rail delayed, project still needs final EIS

Honolulu Advertiser – Lee Cataluna

Gospel of rail according to Mufi

Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu mayor willing to delay start of rail project

Star Bulletin
30-day rail delay a minor matter, Hannemann says


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  2. […] of an H1 commute. Indeed, on Oahu, as in America at large, the need for rail travel is abundant. At Mayor Hannemann’s rail address in October, the video began with a family waking at 4;30am to prepare for their daily commute to […]

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