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More movement in Honolulu's transit system

Charles Djou Charles Djou
Ann Kobayashi Ann Kobayashi
Wayne Yoshioka Wayne Yoshioka

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There was more movement Wednesday in the City and County of Honolulu's rail transit system plans.

The rail project is expected to cost a little more than four-billion dollars. So that's why every little detail counts.

The City Council has passed a bill that will let the City administration seek specific details in constructing the rail without council approval.

"The more public scrutiny there is the better," City Councilman Charles Djou said. "The more public input there is the better. I think this particular measure by affording more information to the public is a good thing."

But this bill still needs to be voted on. The City Council unanimously passed the second reading of the proposal Wednesday.

"I'm always for having openness in government and this is certainly keeping that whole process transparent," City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi said.

It will now go before the transportation committee before being voted on by the entire city council.

"To maintain an equal and fair conditions, everyone must see that information at the same time, so that's what we will do," The city's transportation director Wayne Yoshioka said.

Some council members do not want the bill to pass so the public will have more input. Either way, it faces one more test in January. That's when the council is expected to do a final reading of it.

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