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Proposed Rail Line Receives Mixed Reaction

Steven Miyamoto Steven Miyamoto
Lori Daniels Lori Daniels

By Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) -  Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann continues to promote a mass transit system.

In his State of the City address, he said his objective remains clear: to break ground in 2009.

But the Honolulu City Council still needs to vote on a route.

On Wednesday, councilmembers discussed changing the mass transit route.

"I was disappointed," said Lori Daniels, Honolulu resident, who drives a lot for her job. "I jump back and forth between downtown and the airport."

The 20-mile route will still begin in Kapolei and end at Ala Moana Center. But instead of going through Honolulu International Airport, the rail line would go through Salt Lake.

"Being able to do two jobs, or work both jobs without having to deal with the parking situation would've been very advantageous," said Daniels.

But some who live in Salt Lake believe it will be beneficial.

"If you route it through Salt Lake, you have the majority of the working people around here," said Steven Miyamoto, Salt Lake resident.

But Hannemann says this isn't a done deal. He believes the airport can still be added to the mass transit route.

"I don't think the airport issue is dead in terms of it now not being part of our rail plans. I don't believe the UH Manoa option is dead," said Hannemann.

Some say a mass transit system servicing the airport should be priority because it would help visitors and residents.

Councilmembers will vote on their version of the mass transit plan on Tuesday.

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