Stimulus will bring $43.8M to Hawaii for transit work - News

Hawaii will be receiving nearly $44 million for transit projects under the recently passed economic stimulus package intended to assist in the state's financial recovery. Full Story
Jimmy

Honolulu, HI

#1 Mar 6, 2009
Please don't count your chickens before they hatch. There is trouble in D.C. from the Democrats moving away from supporting the stimulus $410 billion bill. We got to wait and see.
kapoleinow

Pearl City, HI

#2 Mar 6, 2009
everyone on the west side was at Kapolei Target yesterday

to get back on the freeway all had to go through the uncontrolled intersection by the Hawaii Water Park

saw one three car wreck --- the intersection is not safe

please stimulate it
ovphoto

Honolulu, HI

#3 Mar 6, 2009
how is this gonna help the unemployed? Parking lot improvements done by city workers that have jobs already-fixing bus stops w/ ditto workers? how about subcontracting out to start-up companies to fix the pot holes in the roads so they can hire workers-buy trucks and equipment
realitycheck

Honolulu, HI

#4 Mar 6, 2009
What we see with new transit hubs across the country is that they are huge economic generators. The rail is coming, so construction of the hubs will be crucial in attracting the RIGHT KIND of development affordable housing, a mix of retail commercial and professional space. Who at the city is watching the shop in those terms. Even light industrial, stuff like car repair and servicing for people who drive to the rail hub. Small grocery stores or farmers markets, eateries, maybe dentist, eye doctor, general practitioners, small drug store, Child care and social services like job training and continuing adult education. Some level of frufru shopping I guess and There you have it a little transit village where people who work there can live and play there as well offering goods and services to rail riders.
realitycheck

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 6, 2009
Oh, I forgot a small district park with basketball and tennis courts (does anybody outside Kahala even play tennis?)No need for a Gym... All open with a field big enough to play a soccer or football game and a baseball field. I suppose the only way the community gets that is make a deal with folks with deep pockets i.e. BIG BOX. Maybe we don't need a district park after all. Oh Wait a minute, aren't we closing a bunch of elementary schools? a couple of upgrades and adjustments and you have a thriving community center with community kitchen, programs for keiki and elderly, libraries, social and health services, fields and courts. All managed by a Community Development Corporation.
local

Honolulu, HI

#6 Mar 6, 2009
Let's make sure this money goes into transit work and nothing else. Somehow whatever the state or city receives always goes into another project.
What Do You Think

Honolulu, HI

#7 Mar 6, 2009
I hope the city will use some of that money to offset the vehicle weight taxes increase that I beleive was approved. The money saved by the vehicle owners can then be spent to stimulate the economy and will return back to the goverment in the form of additional taxes collected.
George

Kalaheo, HI

#8 Mar 7, 2009
Creating government subsidized jobs at the cost of raising taxes on an already over taxed public and costing even more jobs in the private industry is a failed concept.

It's like taking away the pay of 5 minnimum wage earners in the private industry and giving them to one overpaid government worker and saying your "creating" jobs. And then wondering why people are losing jobs everyday.

If we can build this rail without raising taxes or fees then it will be a success.

Reducing the cost of government is the key to getting out of the recession.
George

Kalaheo, HI

#9 Mar 7, 2009

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