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The latter included the seemingly mandatory quote from anti-railer Cliff Slater, who has secured himself a sizeable niche in cyberspace for all eternity with his decades-long opposition to mass transit projects. Need some negativity in your story? No problem; call Cliff.
Mr. Slater predictably had nothing good to say about rail in the Times story. This time he played the "what will tourists think?" card, but he mixed his message by alluding to the tremendous changes Honolulu is experiencing – a tough commute by car among them:
While visitors lie on the beach in today's late-afternoon January sun, taxpaying Oahu residents of west Oahu will be commuting home and fighting their way through some of the nation’s worst traffic congestion.
Widening Waikiki Beach to accommodate more New Yorkers, Iowans and even Floridians is much more relevant to Hawaii’s visitor industry than Honolulu’s future rail system. And if visitors want to “leave the driving to us” to visit Aloha Stadium, the Arizona Memorial or other stops along the 20-mile route, Honolulu rail will be there for them, too.
Yes2Rail is enjoying a big spike in readership this week thanks to the Times story. Here’s hoping some of those readers are so taken by the pretty pictures of Waikiki Beach that they'll be lying on it soon.