As rail supporters chanted “GO RAIL GO” a few feet away, she asked him what he felt about the noisy demonstration. Ben Cayetano responded:
As reported in the Star-Advertiser (subscription), Mr. Grabauskas said he knows “…that many people say that they are for rail, but they are not for the way it’s going, and I hear that. So what I look forward to doing is to coming here and…address each of those issues so we can win those folks over to the idea that rail is actually something that can enhance the quality of their lives.”
We anticipate that Mr. Grabauskas will soon discover that he’ll be fighting a determined effort to kill rail that relies on misinformation intended to deliberately mislead and confuse Oahu residents.
In so doing, he and Mr. Slater want the public to believe rail isn’t worth building if congestion will continue. (Our “aggregation” site has links to many uses of this talking point under the heading Mr. Cliff Slater and Friends.)
In constantly referring to congestion’s inevitable growth, the anti-railers are implying that rail isn’t worth building if it won’t “solve” traffic. Mr. Grabauskas will see soon enough that the Slater/Cayetano talking point has successfully turned some residents against rail precisely because of a slick delivery that discourages much of any thinking about transportation.
The new CEO will also discover that Messrs. Cayetano and Slater never accurately describe the rail project’s goals and what rail will deliver – fast, frequent, reliable and safe transportation through the city that is completely traffic-free. In other words, they never tell the public the truth about rail and its purpose.
The truth is that rail will be the missing piece of transportation infrastructure that will work in close harmony with TheBus to serve those who choose to use Oahu’s mass transit system. Highways will continue to serve many more commuters, and that’s a logical assessment of future commuting patterns.
Continuing from Wednesday:
We welcome him to Honolulu and extend our best wishes and support. The ride he just began in Honolulu may be at least the equal of anything he faced in Boston.