BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - Jobs, jobs, jobs - Honolulu City Council Member Tulsi Gabbard asked questions at Wednesday's Honolulu City Council meeting that Hawaii Reporter and many others have asked the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and the city administration for months:
Should the rail be built, how many jobs will be created by the city's planned 20-mile, $5.3 billion elevated steel on steel rail project, what kind of jobs are they, and will they go to local workers or out of state or country?
HART executive director Toru Hamayasu repeatedly said in recent city council hearings between 4,000 and 17,000 jobs will be created by the rail construction - and he claims 90 percent will go to local workers.
Asked for more details, HART spokesman Scott Ishikawa told Hawaii Reporter: "We have always said 10,000 jobs a year on average would be attributed to rail construction, with half of those jobs being in the construction field, and half would be indirect jobs in other sectors."
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