Seattle finally gets its light rail -...

Seattle finally gets its light rail - Hawaii News

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 1, 2009, titled Seattle finally gets its light rail - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

SEATTLE>> It takes only a few moments to ride an elevator from the platform of the famous and once futuristic Seattle monorail down to the platform of this city's new $3.9 billion light rail line.

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Leeward Lolo

Elgin, IL

#1 Aug 1, 2009
Good PR, your honor. Is this the work of your friend, the $500,000 writer?

Now let's hear about all the overpriced, money eating, failures everyplace else.

Of course this is supported by those in Seattle now needing jobs who would love to work in Oahu. We know your plan, your honor.

Honolulu, HI

#2 Aug 1, 2009
At the recent Rail Symposium here in Honolulu, Vancouver leads the way in getting the worthwhile "City of the Future" rail constructed.

The reason Canada leads is because it has a British political system wherein they elect their leaders to make the decisions and all this money wasting procratination is eliminated.

If only our forefathers had not wanted to be different, we would have a political system with bad government being disolved, not having to wait 4 years with 3 month Presidential campaigns, not 2 year billion dollar glitzy wasteful advertising ones.

The problems advancing our ecology, without having the naysayers having their fits, such as Seattle and Honolulu have experienced, would never have happened, the rail would have been built and expanded already, like London.

Queen Creek, AZ

#3 Aug 1, 2009
How is this "Hawaii news"? It's just PR from some pro-rail person.

Anchorage, AK

#4 Aug 1, 2009
What a waste of space, doesn't tell you anything about where this starts or ends. Airport? Downtown, on the moon? Typical New York Times BS
waimea jim

United States

#5 Aug 1, 2009
3.9 billion and 40 years to build a 14 miles of rail transit.
Just how long do you think it will take for Honolulu's rail system to be built?
Seattle has lower costs to obtain materials, access to better engineers, and more creative minds in the area. Yet, the project took 40 years to complete.
Everyone's children here will be become grandparents' or great grandparents' before the project will be completed.
It's no wonder why they want to start the line in Kapolei, if the citizens of the city do not have the political will to complete the second phase of the project, the County will really have a train to nowhere. At least if you start the line from the Stadium to UH the line will be able to generate funds from the ridership.
The City is also showing its foolishness by acquiring land in the lower cost areas first. It would be more prudent to acquire the higher cost land first(Downtown, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Makiki, and Moiliili), so as to lock in the price, and keep the cost overruns lower. Of course, this would not benefit the Realtors as they would not be able to speculate on the land in the right of way for the rail as it would be condemned.
My estimated cost for the project from Kapolei to the UH, 30 billion dollars, due to the ever rising price of real estate and the ever increasing cost of shipping materials to Honolulu.
Dont Look

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 2, 2009
Bob wrote:
How is this "Hawaii news"? It's just PR from some pro-rail person.
Cover it up immediately. Only Hawaii stories here. Never mind that Seattle is tearing down a freeway now that it has a transit line.

The anti-railers in Honolulu want to build an elevated freeway on top of Nimitz instead!
Rail is much better

Princeville, HI

#7 Aug 2, 2009
At least Seattle is making progress. Better late than never. Our rail is overdue. Go Rail Go!

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