“But it works all over the world!” said Booth Guy to the naysayer.
Rushing-Away Guy, over his shoulder: “It won’t work here! Honolulu’s different!”
You hear that a lot. Honolulu truly does have unique qualities, but when the number of cars, trucks and buses exceeds our road network’s ability to absorb them, the result in Honolulu and everywhere else is congestion, delay, frustration and prolonged commutes.
What is different is that unlike cities that have built grade-separated transit as an alternative to sitting in traffic congestion, Honolulu isn’t there yet.
Fortunately, that’s soon to change. Once the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement is completed, the federal Department of Transportation submits it to the governor, she accepts it and the feds issue a Record of Decision, Honolulu’s work force will start building our rail system.
And before you know it, Honolulu residents will be commuting while completely avoiding traffic, just like residents of these cities: