By: Diane Ako
MANOA (KHNL)- Dozens of vocal university students will be pushing the city to build a rail system that runs all the way to Manoa. They say parking and traffic problems, and expensive gas, make rail a very attractive option. Student Henry Cheng says, "We can't afford to not get rail. If we have a toll, students can't afford the tolls. We can't afford gas and toll money."
City officials are considering a shorter route which would cost an estimated $3.6 billion. That's for a 20-mile route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. A longer route would cost about $4.6 billion. That's a 28-mile alignment from Kapolei to the UH Manoa.
City council officials have been presenting the rail alternative routes to the public, in a series of meetings. The last one is Monday Nov. 27 at 6:30 pm at Radford High School cafeteria.
In conjunction with this, UH students will be holding a midday campus rally and offering students, faculty, and staff a free bus ride to the evening's Honolulu City Council public hearing. They'll give those attending the meeting a free t shirt saying, "I get around! Bring rail to UHM."