Inouye Wants to Revive Interisland Ferry

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel Inouye has long been a champion of the Honolulu rail project, but these days there's another major transportation project on his mind.

"You want to know what some of my dreams are like?" Inouye said in an interview with Civil Beat earlier this month. "A reasonable ferry system that one can afford to pay (for)."

Inouye doesn't mention the now-defunct Superferry by name, but what he describes sounds a lot like the system that was shut down amid backlash from environmentalists and a subsequent state Supreme Court decision in 2009. Hawaii Superferry, Inc. went bankrupt in the months that followed.

If Hawaii could get a ferry system going again, Inouye said it would be an economic boon.

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