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Weekly Obtains Rail Final EIS

The Honolulu Weekly used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the Final Environmental Impact Survey (FEIS) for the mayor’s planned rail transit, after being turned down by Honolulu transit officials. In its March 31-April 6 edition, the Weekly compared the FEIS with the 2008 Draft EIS (DEIS).

Among the more notable findings were:

  • In 2008, the city stated that the Federal Transit Administration agreed to consider $1.2 billion in federal funding, while the FEIS has increased that amount to $1.6 billion.
  • The FEIS states the 2 runways will be relocated to accommodate the railway. This assumption that runways would be moved was abandoned when the State and the Federal Aviation Administration objected. The city recently announced that the rail track would be moved away from the airport.
  • In 2008 the DEIS estimated that transit time from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center would be 57 to 59 minutes. The FEIS provides no estimate for that distance but instead says Kapolei to Downtown would take 55 minutes.
  • A list of buildings, bridges, historic districts and a playground find opposite treatment in the 2 EIS’s. The draft EIS says the project will have NO adverse effect on these structures and areas while the final EIS says the project WILL have adverse effects on them.

To read the entire Honolulu Weekly article, go to honoluluweekly.com/cover/2010/03/rail-uncovered.

Pearl Johnson

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