Thursday, December 9, 2010

Anti-Railer’s Spin of Rail Study Has Hollow Sound

Panos Prevedouros weighs in again with another of his typically high-energy, low-persuasion columns at Hawaii Reporter, and once again, we urge you to read it.

We previously directed you to his columns precisely because their arguments help the rail project much more than they deter it. His latest piece attempts to boost Infrastructure Management Group’s study on Honolulu rail’s financial plan that was ordered up by anti-rail Linda Lingle in her final months as governor.

As we noted here in the past few days, the study itself is highly suspect. Included on the IMG team was famously anti-rail Tom Rubin. IMG’s Steve Steckler incredibly told Civil Beat he didn’t know of Rubin’s anti-rail reputation before bringing him aboard. And as pro-rail Hannah Miyamoto said here in her critique of the study, IMG’s assumptions on revenue and costs were so dismal as to be unbelievable.

Even (IMG’s) ‘best-case’ scenario is considerably more pessimistic than the one currently being used to manage state government,” Miyamoto wrote, yet Prevedouros relies on it to conclude that if rail is built, “the city cannot build anything. For 30 years.”

Prevedouros wants to be mayor of the City and County of Honolulu. He has run on the “I’ll stop rail in its tracks” single-issue platform twice already and says he’ll run again in 2012 when Mayor Carlisle’s two-year term ends. We’ll continue calling your attention to his columns, and it’s likely his future election opponents will do the same.


Anonymous said...

After reading just the first few lines, a yawn escapes from me. His "reporting" reminds me of the movie "Ground Hog Day." Over and over, the same mantra and always without any substance--just his personal opinion as to why rail is bad for Hawaii. He should spend his time more valuably, while reading important information concerning the benefits of rail. Highways are expensive too, and H3 doesn't help me get home on the east side, but it does benefit people on the North Shore, and, occasionally me if I go there, but it is convenient and gives those people on the North Shore an avenue of travel they wouldn't otherwise have. Kukua. Enough already Panos.

Doug Carlson said...

Thank you, Anonymous.'s the same thing, over and over again. Panos is a highway expert, not a transit expert, so it figures he's against Honolulu rail for whatever reasons he wants to throw out there.

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