Lawmakers get wheels rolling on rail system

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu City Council tackles the issue of mass transit once again.

Its members are considering two different charter amendments, that would put rail on the November ballot.

Two options are being considered.

One puts rail as a charter amendment, and let the voters decide.

A second option gives power to a semi-autonomous "transit authority" to oversee the process.

"I really hope we build some consensus on this," said Councilmember Charles Djou.  "I fully understand we may never get universal consensus over what the city decides, but what I'm trying to do is build consensus to respect the decision one way or another and unfortunately that level of respect has not been apparent thus far in this debate."

The first option still has to go through a second reading.

The "Transit Authority" option, if passed, could go to the full City Council on August 20th.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann has the power to veto it, if it gets to that level.