That’s a quote from today’s Star-Advertiser profile of Don Horner, who was appointed this week to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) board.
Horner’s become a “hot media personality” in recent days due to his widespread civic involvement, with HART being his latest high-visibility post. The quote may have a clue of why Horner is in such demand – an apparent ability to grasp and articulate the essence of issues on his desk.
He’s done that in 46 words for Honolulu rail. The quote captures the project’s goals of providing a fast and reliable alternative to driving in traffic congestion for all citizens who chose to ride, especially those benefiting from transit-oriented development.
No ‘News’ in Higher Gas
Honolulu and the state have been in record territory for the average price of regular gasoline for 48 hours already, so it’s ho-hum time about today’s new record prices -- $4.422 and $4.527 respectively.
What’s truly alarming is that there’s so much upside on the per-barrel price of oil before it, too, sets a new record by surpassing $147. Today’s (fluctuating) price is around $124/barrel. Something else – or a combination of somethings – has made gasoline more expensive than ever even though oil itself is still more than $20 less costly than in 2008.