Here’s KSSK’s actual message that was posted at its Facebook page at 4:08 pm:
Yesterday’s blurb on the popular radio station’s broadcast and Facebook page helped bring Honolulu’s particular geography into focus. The facts on the ground are pretty simple:
Oahu’s Second City bedroom communities have been built on the ewa plain on the southwestern corner of the island. Residents there commute eastward to their jobs – anywhere from Pearl City to “town” – through a relatively narrow strip of land that curves around Pearl Harbor between the mountain range and the ocean, as seen in the graphic above.
And here’s where we get to mention Honolulu’s future rail system. Quite obviously, by being elevated above surface traffic, commuters who choose to ride the train will avoid all traffic congestion. It’s the one basic fact that opponents never quite get around to mentioning.
They focus on the visual impacts of elevated rail (as we have recently here and here), and they say rail will be too expensive, but they haven’t successfully explained how their alternative – whatever it is – would actually allow commuters and others to travel through this corridor quickly and reliably on-time, two attributes of our future train system.