Maybe Professor Prevedouros can repeat his observation to anti-railer-in-chief Cliff Slater and mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano. Quite clearly, they’ve substituted their own idea of what they think rail should do instead of truly understanding rail’s role in Honolulu’s mix of transportation alternatives.
Messrs. Slater and Cayetano repeatedly assert that rail is being built here to reduce traffic congestion. Mr. Slater has been implying it for years – see numerous posts at our “aggregation” site under the Mr. Cliff Slater (and Friends) heading – and now Mr. Cayetano is repeating the same misinformation.
Some citizens fall for the Slater/Cayetano line so totally that they actually believe the rail project’s goal is to “eliminate traffic congestion,” as a letter in MidWeek stated three months ago. The absurdity of actually accomplishing that in the absence of population controls and other draconian measures should be obvious to all but the most ardent rail haters.
The “misunderstood goals issue” comes at an important time for Honolulu rail. Major construction is about to begin now that the Federal Transit Administration has sent the city a Letter of No Prejudice. The public will read, see and hear more about the project in the weeks ahead than perhaps any time during the past several years.
It’s therefore the perfect time to dispel inaccuracies about the project, including the accidental or deliberate mischaracterization of rail’s goals by a mayoral candidate and his primary anti-rail adviser.
The irony that the truth comes from another highway advocate like the UH professor makes the message that much sweeter.
This post has been added to our "aggregation" site under the Dr. Panos Prevedouros heading.