Posted - 03/18/2005 : 12:39:09 PM
Hawaii Clears Superferry Hurdle
Hawaii’s Senate Transportation Committee cleared a hurdle for a plan to link the state’s primary islands by ferry by voting to hold a bill that would have required an extensive environmental review of the project.
If approved, two four-story Hawaii Superferry ships would transport 900 passengers and up to 280 vehicles between Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Proponents say the cost of this service would be about half current air fares.
Opponents of the plan argue the ferry service would increase traffic on roads not designed for the load, may introduce more alien pests, and may endanger humpback whales.
The first of the ships is expected to come on-line in early 2007 if the project continues to move forward.
If this project is of concern to you, I suggest letting elected officials in the islands learn of your concern.