City Transportation Services director Wayne Yoshioka spoke Wednesday evening at a rail town hall meeting and briefly mentioned a “paradigm shift” that’s ahead regarding travel mobility in our Honolulu.
Yoshioka, who’s a Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board member, didn’t mention specifics about this shift, but we can imagine where he was going. Rail opponents have given us a glimpse of why a new paradigm is sure to come. (For a particular kind of commuting paradigm shift, see the end of this post.)
Consider this paragraph lifted from the four leading opponents’ August 21st anti-rail newspaper commentary:
And this from a September 14th Hawaii Public Radio talk show, spoken by the commentary’s “co-author” Randall Roth:
They misstate its goals, the extent of public support for rail and even the expectation of how most people will travel to and from the system’s stations. (They might want to update their information on the cost to park cars at those four stations; the current plan is to make it free.)
Where will they park? For tens of thousands of daily train riders, the answer is at home!
Most commuters won’t drive to the rail stations. They’ll leave their cars parked at home all day. They’ll walk. They’ll take TheBus. They’ll be dropped off. They’ll be part of the paradigm shift that Mr. Yoshioka says is coming – and it’s about time.
Asking “Where will they park?” betrays an inability to imagine anything but a car-centric society – a paradigm that explains suburban development in the 20th century but not the progressive development concepts we’ll embrace in this one.
Where will they park? They’ll leave their cars parked at home. How’s that for a paradigm shift?
Video for the Weekend
Some people find it on a train. Watch it here.