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Mayor To Sign Transit Bill

Nita Sawyer Nita Sawyer
Nathan Soquena Nathan Soquena
Chuck Cullison Chuck Cullison
John Tabangcra John Tabangcra

By Darren Pai

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Rail transit. Some in west Oahu say it's the solution to their traffic problems.

"I think it will be a good idea because it will relieve a lot of the stress of the morning traffic and the evening rush hours," said Nita Sawyer of Makakilo.

Last month the Honolulu City Council approved a bill designating a fixed guideway transit project between Kapolei and the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus. As written, the bill allows the city to develop either expanded bus service or a rail system.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is scheduled to sign the bill during a ceremony at Kapolei Hale at 1 p.m. Saturday.

"I moved from Colorado and they had a pretty good mass transit system over there," said Nathan Soquena of Makakilo. "If the mass transit system over here as good i'd probably use it more often than drive."

The final alignment of the route has yet to be determined, but some say the project won't do much to reduce traffic.

"I think it's a lot of money and I don't think you're going to get people to ride it," said Chuck Cullison of Makakilo. "They tried with the ferry, they've tried all these other things. I think they need another solution."

Others point out Honolulu already has a bus system which could be expanded.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous because they already have a transit down Kapolei side already, why are they going to make another one," said John Tabangcra of Waianae. "Only going to cause more traffic."

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