Yes2Rail’s Easter Sunday post examined one of the candidate’s announced talking points – “why rail will not reduce traffic congestion” – and provided some answers Mililani residents aren’t likely to hear.
Oahu’s population will grow by 200,000 in the 25-year span beginning 2005, so that’s the principal reason rail won’t reduce congestion. Studies and the experience of cities around the country show that building more highways, let alone rail, won’t reduce it.
Mr. Cayetano undoubtedly will spin the future-congestion talking point Thursday night without providing the context that’s required for an honest discourse. In that respect, he’s following Cliff Slater’s pattern of insinuating rail will fail because of congestion’s continued growth – a canard that reveals more about the candidate and his campaign that he may care to admit.
Anti-rail Lingle’s $300,000 IMG study was a dubious effort from the start, since it was written in part by noted rail opponent Tom Rubin. Here’s how the City’s Department of Transportation Services rebutted the study:
The candidate will inflate the cost of the rail project Thursday evening, so discerning Mililani residents will want to know precisely why he makes the prediction. Then again, since the event shapes up more like a political event than a forum for truth, maybe room will be lacking for discerning residents.