Inouye: Cayetano transit would force federal delay
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye says an alternative transit plan introduced by Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano would force federal delays for funding and send $1.55 billion in allocated funds back to the federal government.
Inouye said in a statement Friday that Cayetano’s plan for a bus rapid transit system would put Honolulu in the back of the line in terms of federal consideration.
Cayetano proposed the $1.1 billion system of express buses, contraflow lanes and underpasses as an alternative to a proposed $5 billion rail line.
Inouye says he doubts Cayetano’s $1.1 billion estimate for the alternative plan.
Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator says he’s confident Honolulu rail will get an agreement from the Federal Transit Administration by the end of 2012.
Cayetano faces former acting mayor Kirk Caldwell in November.