Stop or Go Honolulu's rail project might be on the ballot

Charles Djou
Charles Djou

HONOLULU (KHNL) -The future of Honolulu's mass transit system could be up to Honolulu voters.

The Honolulu City Council voted unanimously to pass the first of three readings of a proposed Charter Amendment.

Honolulu Mayor Muffi Hanneman could veto it without an override option.

In a statement Mayor Hanneman said that his support for the Charter Amendment on the ballot would depend upon the measure's wording.

"As I have stated previously, if at least 6 Council members are able to agree on a proposed Charter Amendment, we would certainly give it serious consideration," he said.

Council member Charles Djou believes it is important to let the people decide.

"The issue clearly divides our community and it's about time we brought some legitimate democratic closure to this three decade long dispute," he said. "And the best way to bring closure to it is a vote of the people."

The proposal still has to pass two more readings, if that happens it will go to the Mayor's office where he will decide whether or not to sign it. The deadline for the Charter Amendment is August 31.