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Winelight
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
LWVUS President, Ruth Hinerfeld, to Appear on Public TV
Vote Count Volunteers Needed
League Faces Financial Crisis (Opal Sloane)
Program Building Time
Announcement - Action Committee Meetings
Council Observer Corps Activated
National Security Study Goes into High Gear
Fashion Show Opens Women's History Week
Announcement - LWVUS Telephone Number
January Meeting Huge Success (Marion Saunders)
Orientation Meeting for New Members (Mary Ellen Reed)
League Concurs Nationwide
League in Action - Transportation Committee
Wanted! NSC Recorder
League UN Day on Global Security
News Bits
Membership Update
Betty Rogers' Lemon Bars
Calendar

League in Action - Transportation Committee

At a recent meeting of the Honolulu Board and members of our various committees with newly-elected members of the Honolulu City Council, Opal Sloane, speaking for the League Transportation Committee, made this opening statement:

"The Honolulu League has studied transportation over a period of several years. As a result, we have a position statement which primarily indicates our concern that transportation planning be linked to land use planning, that the public have input to the planning process, and that, in this planning process, creative and innovative approaches be considered to meet the public's needs.

The League feels that the automobile is a necessity (considering Oahu's terrain, population distribution and transportation services,) but that highway construction should not necessarily be the first choice when planning for mobility. Rather, attractive alter-natives to the automobile are needed. The public transportation system should strive for continually improving service. Further, it should be marketed aggressively and meshed with a parking strategy designed to discourage dependence on the automobile."

Opal continued, explaining that the bus system has budget problems. "With current monetary constraints, it is unrealistic to expect the city to promote increased ridership when the system already has more riders than it can handle. The League, however, feels that money spent improving the public transportation system, and money spent promoting its use, would pay off in decreasing the continuing need for street repairs, street widening, new traffic lights, parking lots, etc. That is why we would like to see the city push for a really improved system of transporting passengers and then aggressively market this system. Perhaps this is an idea whose time has not yet come, but change is slow, and we must look ahead. It takes 18 months just to get a new bus, for example. "

While the public debate on transportation needs seem to have quieted down in recent months, mounting congestion of our highways, demands for more parking space and environmental concerns are going to necessitate some bold decisions on a solution or solutions.

Committee's Present Activity

In order to acquire a better understanding of our existing transportation system, its problems and its potential for better serving the needs of our community, the committee is in the process of gathering and studying the financial reports of both the City Transportation Department and MTL, the company that runs our bus system.

This committee faces the immediate problem of whether to support or oppose the proposal to raise bus fares.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DEE LUM, Chair, has been a League member since the mid-60's, and served as President of Honolulu League, 1971-72. Dee, a part-time student at Chaminade, majoring in behavioral science, says "Cars are not the ultimate solution to getting people to participate in city life.

BERTHA KON, a long-time League member, is busy gathering and studying the documents and other reference material needed for the committee's research. Bertha is no stranger to finances, having once served on "Hawaii Wallet," a state committee appointed to study the state's financial status. She spends part of the year in Tahoe where she and her husband maintain a residence.

OPAL SLOANE, a League member since 1950, thirty of them in Hawaii, served as President of Honolulu League in 1957-58. At present, she is busy on the Budget Committee preparing the 1973-74 budget for Honolulu League. Opal claims that the burgeoning population on Oahu indicates a new method of transportation is necessary.

SUSAN WATSON who has been a League member for two years hails from Montana. She hates the Honolulu traffic and feels everyone should travel by bus, but she, unfortunately, lives in an area where bus service is very poor. Susan once served as President of the Pearl Ridge Community Association and now serves on the Honolulu City and County Committee on the Status of Women. All this activity still leaves her with enough energy to study computer programming at Leeward Community College.

MILRED WALSTON, a regular patron of The Bus, came to Hawaii from Seattle in 1969 and joined League in 1972 when she retired from work. She served as Membership Chair for five years, Mildred is a member of the Moiliili-McCully Neighborhood Board and serves as secretary of the Initiative Committee which succeeded in getting initiative into the City Charter and is now working to get it into state government.

BEA DAVID was encouraged to join League three years ago by her very active daughter, Barbara Farwell. A relatively new member of the Transportation Committee, she says she has not really gotten into the committee work as yet. She lives in an area where the bus service is good and is really enjoying the convenience of our public transportation. Bea is on call to do any typing for League and is a frequent volunteer for our vote counts.

CLAIRE GREGORCYK, a veteran Leaguer, sits on the Citizens' Advisory Committee for the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, a federally-mandated state agency under the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Claire serves as coordinator of our vote counts and is busy soliciting vote counts and finding league members to run each one.

RECOMMENDED READING

Moving People: An Introduction to Public Transportation

This booklet was prepared by the School of Urban Sciences, University of Illinois, and published by Urban Mass Transit Authority. It may be ordered from Technology Sharing Program, US Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., Southwest, Washington D.C. 20590

The purpose of this handbook is to explain how public transportation is planned, how the individual citizen can make his views heard, why subsidies are necessary, how much value the public gets for its transportation tax dollars, and finally, what is being done to improve public transportation. These issues are explored in a question and answer for-mat. Several case studies are included to illustrate complex issues and explore topics in greater detail.

A copy is available in the League office for anyone who wishes to read it.

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