Civil Beat, the Honolulu-based online subscription news service, posted a long piece late Thursday under the headline, "Lingle Rail Consultant: ‘Bus Is Good. Rail Is Bad’"
Only the first three paragraphs of the article can be read by non-subscribers:
Rubin’s pro-bus, anti-rail sentiments were mentioned in the New York Times story we linked to yesterday when calling attention to the expansion of rail transit in Los Angeles, CA.
Rubin has called a subway project there fiscal folly, and he’s urged LA to add more buses and not build trains. He's gone on record as a pro-bus, anti-rail advocate there on other occasions.
Rubin’s anti-rail views are well-known in transit circles, so the Governor knew who she was hiring when she selected him to analyze Honolulu rail. With public funds expended on the effort, the question must be asked: Why him?