( May 29, 2012 - Move Oahu Forward Press Release )
HONOLULU, Hawaii, May 29, 2012 – Anthony R. Guerrero, Jr., the chairman of the board of Oahu Transit Services (dba TheBus) has joined the board of directors of Move Oahu Forward, a non-partisan coalition of Hawaii business and community leaders in support of rail.
“Tony makes a great addition to our board and underscores the cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship between rail and the bus system,“ said Richard Dahl, co-chair of Move Oahu Forward. “We’ve said from the beginning that we need rail to work in concert with buses and highways to develop a more robust, efficient and cost-effective transportation system.”
“Contrary to what others say, buses are not taking a backseat to rail. Rail actually bolsters our public transit system and makes it work better for all commuters, including students, our elderly, our disabled residents and our visitors,” said Connie Lau, Move Oahu Forward co-chair. “Rail costs less to operate and maintain than buses. So, in the long-run, rail saves us money.”
“I am a strong supporter of a high-capacity rail system that will form the backbone of a well-integrated bus/rail transit system,” said Anthony Guerrero. “Buses will always play a central role for transit in Honolulu. But an integrated bus/rail system will allow us to optimize the use of our bus fleet in a way that is most efficient. Adding more buses is more costly to operate than an integrated bus/rail system. Across the country, the cost per passenger mile for rail is about half the cost of buses. And adding substantially more buses to Downtown streets will not work. Our Downtown and Waikiki streets are already at capacity and cannot accommodate increased numbers of buses. ”
“I am pleased with Tony Guerrero’s appointment, as bus and rail will operate as a coordinated transit system,” said J. Roger Morton, president and general manager of Oahu Transit Services. “Rail will help alleviate the traffic congestion that makes it difficult for TheBus to offer reliable service. We work hard to keep our buses on time despite unpredictable traffic. Many times we must turn buses back short or divert bus trips just to cope with existing traffic congestion. A backbone rail system will result in greater reliability for riders and will lead to greater ridership.”
Anthony Guerrero Is a graduate of St. Louis High School, the University of Portland, and the Bank Administration Institute at the University of Wisconsin. He is the retired Vice Chairman of the Retail Banking Group at First Hawaiian Bank.
His current community activities include: president of the Friends of Hawaii Charities (host of the Sony Open in Hawaii), chairman of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, chairman of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, president of Na Koa Football Club, and director of Child & Family Services Real Property, Inc. In the past he has been involved with numerous organizations, including: the Board of Water Supply, the Stadium Authority, Child & Family Service, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, the St. Louis Education Foundation, and Waialae Country Club.
He was named the Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu’s 2004 Salesperson of the Year and also the Small Business Administration’s 1999 Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.
With the addition of Anthony Guerrero, there are now 35 directors on the board of Move Oahu Forward. The other directors are leaders at: Alexander & Baldwin, Bank of Hawaii, Castle & Cooke Hawaii, Child & Family Service, Farmers Insurance Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Hawaii AFL-CIO, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Dredging Construction, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hawaiian Telcom, HMSA, Hunt Development, Island Insurance Co., James Campbell Company LLC, Kapolei Property Development, Kobayashi Group, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Lyon Associates, Outrigger Enterprises Group, Pacific Resource Partnership, Queen’s Health System, R. M. Towill Corporation, Sause Bros., Inc., The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, The Gas Company, The King William Charles Lunalilo Trust Estate, and The MacNaughton Group. The group also includes a retired partner of a law firm and a retired associate justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Oahu Transit Services, Inc. is the private, non-profit entity that operates TheBus and TheHandi-Van under a contract with the City and County of Honolulu.
Move Oahu Forward’s mission is to support initiatives that improve mobility and quality of life in ways that also strengthen the economy and manage future growth while protecting the island’s unique environment and way of life.