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First: The data is in the Draft EIS, as I indicated. In particular, compare chapter 3 and 6. Frankly, as a loyal TheBus rider, I was shocked to learn the on-time reliability of the system is as poor as it is (because of traffic), and that this will get much worse if nothing is done, as I explained.
Second: As the Draft EIS indicates, Ewa Beach is best served by buses running from neighborhood stops over roads other than Ft. Weaver Rd. Remember what I said about every two train riders generating almost one more bus rider. The rail system is a backbone that bypasses congestion and allows TheBus to get people to their destinations on time more often
"Watch carefully as the final Environmental Impact Statement on Honolulu's planned elevated rail system arrives on Gov. Linda Lingle's desk — its last stop locally before moving on for the final federal review.
At this stage, the governor should give a careful review to the information compiled.
"I will not rubber-stamp the document," Lingle said in a radio interview. "It will not be a quick, couple days turnaround."
The governor has also voiced her concern over the financial plan.
Lingle points to shortfalls in tax collections.
The governor also has suggested that an at-grade system could more easily fit the current fiscal constraints.
There is good reason for the governor to apply due diligence.
Lingle should make sure there's been the proper consultation to arrive at the best plan so that construction can go smoothly.
The entire state is in deep financial distress