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FACE Releases Study That Links Transit to Thousands of Jobs for Honolulu
Honolulu, HI, September 2, 2010—FACE leaders will gather this morning at 10:00 AM, at the

state’s unemployment office, at 830 Punchbowl Street, to release a transit jobs study commissioned by the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) and FACE entitled “More Transit = More Jobs”. "This study highlights how many real jobs can come into Honolulu for the next ten years," said Reverend Bob Nakata. “These are jobs that are very much needed right now, especially in the light of our island’s economic struggles”. The study highlights the impact on the number of jobs when more money is placed into funding public transit. “Tourism is based on everybody else’s economy. If the rest of the world is not doing well, then we are hit hard,” said Kaleo Gagne, member of Church of the Crossroads and FACE leader. “We have furloughs for our Federal and State employees. The rest of the nation is looking at a possible double dip recession. We need these jobs for our island.” The study will be released at the press conference held at the state unemployment office. Reporters will have an exclusive opportunity to speak with the authors of the study after the press conference. FACE has been working on transit issues for three years. They have sent leaders from Hawaii to Washington, DC to meet with Hawaii’s delegation regarding Honolulu’s transit issues. Most recently, FACE launched a bus riders’ petition that resulted in a meeting with the Department of Transportation Services. FACE is a statewide organization with chapters on Oahu and Maui. FACE currently has a membership of 51 religious and civic organizations. ###

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