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Former DOT directors don't want Lingle to stall rail

Rod Haraga Rod Haraga

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hoping to avoid "paralysis by analysis," a group of former transportation directors are urging Governor Linda Lingle not to hold up the Honolulu Rail Project.

Monday, the state will hold a public hearing to go over the $5.5 billion rail project. But Sunday, the former directors said the issue has been fully discussed and approved by voters.

They say more meetings will only add costly delays. One of the directors even worked under Lingle.

"I think the debate should stop here, get on with the FEIS and move along with rail," said former DOT director Rod Haraga.

The governor has to sign off on the final environmental impact statement before the project can proceed. She's expressed concerns about making the entire route elevated.

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