Rail would be blight on Hawaii’s beauty (Star-Advertiser, 1/8)
Should they venture by bus or rental car beyond Waikiki, they’ll find a beautiful island with mountains, valleys, gardens, world-class surfing on the North Shore and seascapes, but they’ll also experience a 21st century city with world-class traffic congestion – so much worse than what Ms. Midler remembers during her high school years (Radford HS, class of ’63) that any word picture fails to adequately describe it.
Also dissimilar to the 1950s is the 21st century train technology Honolulu will be building. Objections to elevated rail transit often are grounded in memories of yesteryear and the obviously inferior technologies of the era. New York City’s first elevated line went into service in 1870! The Chicago El also began operations in the 19th century.
We hope Ms. Midler and her people will take a bit of time to better understand Honolulu rail and that those skyscrapers will be what tourists see from Waikiki Beach – not a rail system hidden in their shadows.
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