“What causes traffic congestion and how do we reduce it? Simply put, congestion occurs when too many vehicles try to pass through too small an area. They have to slow down and wait their turn. During rush hour, congestion builds quickly at major roadway merges and from the downtown area outward. So we need to reduce the number of vehicles at those critical pinch points. That’s what’s so important about rail transit. Rail transit is the only large scale solution that helps reduce the number of vehicles on the road, especially in the downtown and Ala Moana areas and corridors from West Oahu. So even if rail transit doesn’t directly serve your neighborhood, it will still help overall; whether you’re commuting from the Windward side, East Honolulu or the North Shore, a growing population will mean more commuters and likely more traffic. But building rail transit now is one of the most cost-effective ways we can avoid more congestion in the future. To learn more, visit HonoluluTransit.org. Paid for by city taxpayers.”
Each of the highlighted words and phrases refers to the City’s assertion that vehicle congestion will be reduced if rail is built. The anti-railers would have you believe these words and phrases were lies, but guess what: Congestion will be reduced if rail is built compared to what congestion would be like if rail weren't built! Spend some time with the DEIS and that much is clear.
“But, but, but….” sputter the malcontents. “We think the spot was misleading because it said congestion will be reduced from what it is now!”
Sorry, presumed impeachers. That’s not what the spot said. You can allege lies and greed and ripoff, but Honolulu citizens are too akamai to let you put this one over on them. Stop the spin.