The newest FTA approval allows the city to begin construction on the project’s precast facility. The 34-acre site within Campbell Industrial Park is described in today's Star-Advertiser’s story (subscription) and quotes Toru Hamayasu, acting executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
Come and learn “why the city’s claim that rail will create 10,000 new jobs every year is fantasy….” and how he will “develop a comprehensive bus rapid transit system that will be one-fifth the cost of rail, provide faster service and serve more people from more parts of Oahu than rail.”
Here are a couple things the candidate may not know but might hear about on Thursday if anyone but his supporters are allowed entry (his publicity flyer asks attendees to bring proof of Mililani residency).
The project’s estimate of 10,000 jobs per year is a conservative estimate. Most projects on this order suggest multiples of that number per $1 billion expended. Honolulu rail chose to be conservative at 10K, and for good reason. Based on what anti-railers say about the jobs issue, can you imagine the howls of incredulity if a bigger number had been used?
Jobs already are being generated by the project for local firms, including engineers, architects and others. What we’d really like to know is how many jobs would make Mr. Cayetano happy.
We figure no number would be satisfactory, so we’re left with the candidate’s upset that thousands of jobs will in fact be created for Oahu residents. An out-of-work Mililani construction worker might ask about that Thursday.
Managed lanes on highways and bus-only lanes on city streets can’t possibly reduce congestion and improve mobility for all citizens, which is one of rail’s goals. We wonder if Mr. Cayetano realizes that the last time BRT was proposed, Mr. Slater described Mayor Harris’ plan as a “farce.”
By requiring a large number of buses that service neighborhoods to funnel onto the H-1 freeway’s bus express lanes, Mr. Cayetano might be able to claim that the system would serve people “from more parts of Oahu than rail.” But that would be making this issue a number’s game, when the rail alternative is about efficiency, avoiding congestion completely and saving time.
Unless they can fly, buses on any kind of lanes and streets eventually must be thrown back into the same traffic jams that rail will bypass.
The sooner policymakers and media opinion leaders see those results, the better.
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