Carlisle discusses city's challenges, future on last day as mayor

Carlisle discusses city's challenges, future on last day as mayor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Having received news from a federal judge on Thursday that the city would be able to resume its rail transit project, Peter Carlisle spent Friday, his last official day as Honolulu mayor, in good spirits.

"Rail work can resume," said Carlisle. "Wonderful news."

Appearing on Hawaii News Now Sunrise on Friday, Mayor Carlisle left with a parting shot at rail opponents.

"There are still petulant people being pugnacious. It's time for them to move out of the way and stop being silly."

Construction on the 5.3 billion dollar rail project, Carlisle says, will create jobs and revitalize the urban core while tourism continues to boom in what he calls the 'APEC Afterglow.'

Carlisle also says the biggest challenges for our next mayor are those that involve our aging infrastructure.

"With revitalization that will come with rail line, that's an opportunity to improve infrastructure at same time," said Carlisle. "But, we're an aging city, plain and simple."

Though Carlisle will be handing the reins over to Kirk Caldwell in a few days, he isn't ruling out a return to politics, and could set his eyes once again on a certain seat in Honolulu Hale.

"I think I'd be real interested in getting back into the position I'm leaving right now," said Carlisle. "But that remains to be seen, what options there are available to me in the future and how this new job works out."

Mayor Carlisle will soon begin work with an as-of-yet unidentified law firm looking to drum up business from Asian companies that have an eye on expanding into the United States.

Before he goes back to work, though, Carlisle says there are a few things around the house that he put off while campaigning that still need to be done.

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