We don’t attend Mr. Slater’s presentations, but if we did, we’d point out that traffic is worse in Chicago, Paris, New York and San Francisco today than it was when those cities built their grade-separated rail systems decades and generations ago. Pouring concrete to pave over their open space didn’t reduce congestion, it facilitated it, so playing his trump card of "increased congestion with rail" really doesn't take the trick.
Without the rail alternative in those and other cities around the world, congestion would be even worse than it is today, and there would be no commuting alternative to sitting in traffic congestion.
We encourage Oahu residents to pay close attention to Mr. Slater’s arguments on behalf of his non-rail traffic solutions. Rail’s Final Environmental Impact Statement addresses all his points, but all you really have to do is pay close attention to his statements to know Cliff Slater’s vision for Oahu’s future isn’t something we can live with.