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Governor's Meeting on Rail Alternative
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) presented an alternative to the Mayor’s elevated rail plan at a meeting on January 18 sponsored by Gov. Lingle. Scheduled for 9 to 11 am, the meeting went on to 12:30 pm.
I sat through it all and will present my impressions and what I consider hard news.
The hard news is that, contrary to news reports, the Governor has not received the city’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), so she can’t sign off on it even if she wanted to. Gov. Lingle talked directly to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and learned that they have real concerns about the rail financial plan.
(The city has said they will take $300 million from federal bus funds to fill the shortfall in tax collections. However, federal policy forbids degrading existing transit systems to pay for a new system).
Impressions: The audience seemed to have been organized by the unions and was mostly pro-rail, sometimes loudly interrupting the speakers. The large overflow was well handled with television monitors and chairs in the lobby. Gov. Lingle moderated the question period well and extracted the issues the panel should address from lengthy questions.
I think this meeting was valuable in getting rail proponents to hear an alternative and in making possible more news coverage of the AIA alternative.
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