Majority backs mayor on transit

Majority backs mayor on transit

There are 427 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 28, 2008, titled Majority backs mayor on transit. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Mayor Mufi Hannemann receives good marks for his handling of the city's transit plans, according to a new poll.

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#455 Oct 26, 2008
Phil Gray wrote:
Alice is nothing more than a cheap prostitute who dances on the side. She preaches treason , hates our military , harasses military families, taunts families of dead soldiers.Talks about her incestous life. Lies about herself and her truck-stop hooker mother.
alice, r u a cheap prostitute who dances on the side?
LEGAL immigrant

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#456 Oct 26, 2008
Yetiboy wrote:
"The survey, taken for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and KITV by SMS Research, shows that 60 percent of the residents on Oahu approve of Hannemann's performance in guiding the transit plan". This only indicates that:
1) The TV ads are working to wear down those who can't think for themselves
2) People are easily led by media blitz propaganda style ads
3) 60% of the people CAN'T calculate the actual cost of the finshed project(materials,shipping increases union contract raises & hidden graft to principals promoting rail)
4) 40% know that there is more than meets the eye in this plan and are lulled into submission
5)The Star Bulletin is on board with the project
Yeti.......... AND that 60% probably graduated from Hawaii schools..... sure clears things up for me.

Honolulu, HI

#457 Oct 26, 2008 may be right. The long-suffering population here will believe anything that mufi says.
Rail will fail

San Diego, CA

#458 Oct 26, 2008
Mike wrote:
Just remember that after the rail is built and few will ride it, a elevated freeway will have to be built along side the rail by the same unions backing the rail. I am not leaving my SUV at home. I bought it so I will drive it. The unions are clever to support the rail( and the future freeway).
Even the city admits, but only when pressed, that their own forecasts show that traffic congestion on H-1 will be far worse in the future, with rail, than it is today.
While the table from the Alternatives Analysis spells it out numerically, it also makes common sense since the city plans on building 45,000 homes on the Ewa Plain without widening the H-1 freeway. The big problem is the $7.0 Billion Rail can carry only 35 percent of the additional commuter demand in year 2030, and H-1 is today already in gridlock. This project has nothing to do with traffic congestion, it is all about the money. Why do you suppose the mayor has the kind of money he does in his coffers to further his political career? Why do you suppose the pro rail people can run all those ads? THERE IS HUGE MONEY IN THIS RAIL PROJECT for them, paid the taxpayer.

Vote NO to rail in November.

San Diego, CA

#459 Apr 19, 2009
Should have voted for the CON CON!

Why no comparison in the EIS statement?

Why the elimination of bus routes in the recent past?

Why the urgency to get this on the road?

Rail Pandemic

Wailuku, HI

#461 Jun 19, 2009
"Oberstar's transportation bill a DIRECT challenge to Obama administration"
by Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
June 19, 2009

" Rep. Jim Oberstar announced a six-year,$500 billion transportation spending bill yesterday to overhaul the nation's transportation system, in direct challenge to the Obama administration's proposal to postpone significant reforms.

The Surface Transportation Authorization Act would provide $337 billion in funding for highway construction,$100 billion for public transit and $50 billion to build a nationwide high-speed rail system.

"The reality is that the administration does not have a program."
- Rep. Jim Oberstar
The proposal would increase transportation spending by 38 percent. The plan's blueprint states that it will create or sustain approximately 6 million jobs.

In contrast, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced this week that the administration wants to delay plans to revamp the nation's transportation system for 18 months. LaHood asked Congress to temporarily extend the current authorization for highway funding, which is set to expire at the end of September.

Oberstar, the chair of the House Transportation Committee, expressed frustration with the Obama administration during an interview with All Things Considered today.

"The reality is that the Obama administration DOES NOT have a program," Oberstar said. "THEY DO NOT HAVE A PLAN. They have not given transportation ANY thought."

The proposal would provide funding for 11 high-speed rail corridors nationwide and streamline transportation programs by merging or eliminating 75 separate agencies.

The plan would also restructure the Highway Safety Improvement program to focus on reducing motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries, provide flexible funding to states, and fund a program to "improve air quality, reduce congestion and improve the public health and livability of communities."

Oberstar said he expects the proposal will reach the House floor by September.

The draft of the bill does not explain how Congress will pay for the increased spending. Oberstar said that he will consider a variety of funding sources, including bonding proposals and support from the private sector.

Oberstar denied that an increase in the federal gas tax would be necessary to raise the funds. However, the proposal mentions that Congress has not increased the gas tax since 1993, and claims that the lack of increased revenue could cause a loss of more than 3 million construction jobs."

Honolulu, HI

#462 Jun 19, 2009
Majority ?...I Don't think so...its a publishers rivalry to enforce the issue. why?..because the majority for one doesn't live near the rail..and the second part of the majority would not count the Windward side of the island, who don't want the rail. because of location and area, including Waianae,Nanakuli,Waikiki,Hawai i Kai,Kahala (god forbids),Kaimuki,Salt Lake,I could go on and on...

The real reason for the press to send out false information that is not accurate is " The Investors"
they are the reason behind it...MONEY TALKS FOLKS...
They want their Shareholdings and investment returns. And you, the idiots who want the rail don't realize that your paying for it..and its going to the investors and shareholders along with the city and county. Do you get anything from it ?..
yes you do.......A RIDE !...FOR YOU MONEY !....

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