But just one day before the Honolulu Weekly interview appeared, Mr. Cayetano was repeating Mr. Slater’s key talking point that’s at the heart of the Slater/Cayetano anti-rail argument. Here’s what he said in his statement issued after the Federal Transit Administration authorized the city to begin heavy construction on rail:
The problem with rushing past the “all of that” details in transportation planning is that they simply can’t be brushed aside so easily. Years of analysis and critical thinking go into a project like Honolulu rail. Supplying snapshot suggestions to toss it all away with a detail-free plan to use express buses “and all that” shows no evidence of any critical thinking whatsoever.
As for the “something else” that Mr. Cayetano says “will do the job,” there is nothing else that would give commuters a traffic-free commute through the east-west corridor. That’s the job rail will do, and that’s why our grandchildren will look back at our generation’s decision to build elevated Honolulu rail with gratitude – not the ridicule the candidate suggests.