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Rail and the Special Session

On July 14th, I hosted a forum at the Capitol Auditorium for an alternative to the bankrupt rail project. SalvagetheRail.org brought three planning experts to Hawaii to discuss the benefits of Rail Option 2A. The Federal Transit Authority required HART to develop a Recovery Plan to analyze the cost of completing the project as proposed (Plan A), and then to compare several alternatives that would bring the project into downtown Honolulu within the existing budget. One alternative, not fully studied by HART is “Option 2A: Build to Middle Street as planned and continue with at-grade rail system.” Vukan Vuchic, Doug Tilden and Gary Andrishak each have more than 35 years of experience in trans

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