The Honolulu rail project anticipates receiving $1.55 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Events and discussions on Capitol Hill about reducing support for the nation’s transportation infrastructure, including rail transit, are obviously of concern out here.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica rolled out his committee’s six-year transportation reauthorization proposal yesterday. It has prompted a flood of reaction from transportation advocates, especially those who support so-called “green” transportation alternatives whose comments are aggregated at the StreetsBlog Network website, most especially at its Washington, DC affiliate.
We’re sure to hear from Honolulu rail opponents, many of whom seem opposed to government spending in general and who will assert that the project is threatened by potential congressional action. It’s therefore reasonable to publish comments from those who believe government infrastructure support is essential, including support for rail transit projects.
A Sampling of Opinion
Stay attentive to this national debate if you care about Honolulu rail.
Yes2Rail Gets Ink
Gene Park’s transportation-related column in the Star-Advertiser today is mostly about the rail project’s new and hugely improved website, but he had room at the end to add:
“The site isn’t the only source of online information on rail. Other than the obvious news sites, there are two blogs from opposite sides of the issue.” He then mentions Cliff Slater’s HonoluluTraffic.com anti-rail site and Yes2Rail.
In addition to being on opposite sides of the issue, there’s another big difference in our two sites: HonoluluTraffic has published 2 posts since June 8th. Yes2Rail's count is 22.