“City Transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka said yesterday that the estimates given in the April 7 memo are outdated and have since been cut by more than half. The added cost of altering the airport route is now estimated to be $29 million, Yoshioka said.”
A $36 Million Error
Back at the top of the story, the Star-Advertiser’s six-column headline on page B-1 reads: $65M to shift rail route The story begins:
“Diverting Honolulu’s planned elevated commuter rail line to avoid interfering with air traffic at Honolulu Airport could cost the city $65 million."
Despite the story's reporting that the City’s transportation director said the $65 million estimate to adjust the alignment is outdated and was cut by more than half to $29 million, the reporter, editors and headline writer(s) highlighted the outdated estimate in the headline and story lead.
We wondered for more than a week about the new Star-Advertiser's rail coverage and whether “view with alarm” journalism would be a newsroom holdover from the now-defunct Honolulu Advertiser. Now we know: The beat goes on.