Rail transit: Elevated train promises Honolulu a better future ...

Even Gov. Linda Lingle says she will "take her time" studying the environmental impact statement before signing off. Full Story
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Ducksoup

Honolulu, HI

#81 Dec 6, 2009
Hannah in Manoa wrote:
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First: The data is in the Draft EIS, as I indicated. In particular, compare chapter 3 and 6. Frankly, as a loyal TheBus rider, I was shocked to learn the on-time reliability of the system is as poor as it is (because of traffic), and that this will get much worse if nothing is done, as I explained.
Second: As the Draft EIS indicates, Ewa Beach is best served by buses running from neighborhood stops over roads other than Ft. Weaver Rd. Remember what I said about every two train riders generating almost one more bus rider. The rail system is a backbone that bypasses congestion and allows TheBus to get people to their destinations on time more often
Second: The
Read the new story on rail:
HonoluluAdvertiser.com
12/6/09

"Watch carefully as the final Environmental Impact Statement on Honolulu's planned elevated rail system arrives on Gov. Linda Lingle's desk — its last stop locally before moving on for the final federal review.


At this stage, the governor should give a careful review to the information compiled.

"I will not rubber-stamp the document," Lingle said in a radio interview. "It will not be a quick, couple days turnaround."

The governor has also voiced her concern over the financial plan.

Lingle points to shortfalls in tax collections.

The governor also has suggested that an at-grade system could more easily fit the current fiscal constraints.

There is good reason for the governor to apply due diligence.

Lingle should make sure there's been the proper consultation to arrive at the best plan so that construction can go smoothly.

The entire state is in deep financial distress
Hawaii Kai Resident

Honolulu, HI

#82 Dec 7, 2009
Ducksoup wrote:
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Read the new story on rail:
HonoluluAdvertiser.com
12/6/09
"Watch carefully as the final Environmental Impact Statement on Honolulu's planned elevated rail system arrives on Gov. Linda Lingle's desk — its last stop locally before moving on for the final federal review.
At this stage, the governor should give a careful review to the information compiled.
"I will not rubber-stamp the document," Lingle said in a radio interview. "It will not be a quick, couple days turnaround."
The governor has also voiced her concern over the financial plan.
Lingle points to shortfalls in tax collections.
The governor also has suggested that an at-grade system could more easily fit the current fiscal constraints.
There is good reason for the governor to apply due diligence.
Lingle should make sure there's been the proper consultation to arrive at the best plan so that construction can go smoothly.
The entire state is in deep financial distress
You folks persist to rely on politicians to make decisions for you instead of unleashing the powers of the free market to settle on the most efficient choices. What makes Lingle a judge of what kind of transportation system the city of Honolulu should have? What in her background qualifies her to decide? What are you going to do next if she decides against your wishes?

For the millionth time, let the private sector provide all transportation systems, highways, trolleys, tour buses, whatever.
Really

Waipahu, HI

#83 Dec 7, 2009
Hawaii Kai Resident wrote:
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You folks persist to rely on politicians to make decisions for you instead of unleashing the powers of the free market to settle on the most efficient choices. What makes Lingle a judge of what kind of transportation system the city of Honolulu should have? What in her background qualifies her to decide? What are you going to do next if she decides against your wishes?
For the millionth time, let the private sector provide all transportation systems, highways, trolleys, tour buses, whatever.
Hey, "Hawaii Kai Resident", for the millionth time, wake up, you have been dreaming and get back to reality.
Rail Pandemic

Lahaina, HI

#84 Dec 8, 2009
"Don't Go to Copenhagen: Honolulu Rail Greenhouse Emissions Analysis Released Today"
By Sam Slom, 12/8/2009 10:21:11 AM

"You won't have to go to a climate conference in Copenhagen, or even read the federal EPA's new directive on greenhouse gas emissions to learn about the impact on the Hawaii environment by Honolulu's proposed Fixed Rail Transit project.
Instead, there is a press conference today, Tuesday, December 8, on the steps of Honolulu Hale, City Hall, 11:00 am, when the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation (SBH Foundation) will release its newly commissioned study, "Honolulu Rail Transit Greenhouse Gas Emissions," by Wendell Cox.

Attending the 11:00 am press conference to discuss the rail study in detail and its impact on Honolulu's environment will be Dr. Panos Prevedourous, University of Hawaii Professor of Civil Engineering, and Sam Slom, President, SBH Foundation.

Cox, is a principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy (Demographia), an international public policy firm that specializes in urban policy, transport and demographics. Cox has provided consulting assistance to the United States Department of Transportation and was certified by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration as an "expert" during the Public-Private Transportation Network program (1986-93). Cox has consulted for numerous public authorities in the United States and abroad.

The Honolulu rail DEIS contains no estimate of the proposed rail line's impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The SBH/Demographia report corrects this oversight and analyzes the future production of electricity, best and worst case scenarios of gas emissions in Honolulu's proposed rail, and costs per ton of any reduced greenhouse production."
Rail Pandemic

Lahaina, HI

#85 Dec 8, 2009
"Does Heavy Rail Transit Save Energy or Reduce CO2 Emissions? "

"Transit planners have neglected to include the energy costs of
construction in their supposedly comprehensive environmental impact statements.

Any claims that rail transit will reduce energy consumption must be met with skepticism UNLESS they are accompanied by EVIDENCE that the operational savings will QUICKLY REPAY THE CONSTRUCTION COST. "
from: page 10/11

"There may be places in the world where rail transit works. There may be reasons to build it somewhere in the United States. But saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are not among those reasons. Regions and states that want to be green should explore other alternatives "
By: Randal O’Toole

http://americandreamcoalition.org/pollution/R...

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