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Rail is going to get worse before it gets unbearable.

"Many commenters reiterated their concern that the [Rail] Project will not relieve highway congestion in Honolulu. FTA agrees, but the purpose of the Project is to provide an alternative to the use of congested highways for many travelers."  FTA Record of Decision, page 210 of 217.

 

date   August 18, 2016

HART CEO Dan Grabaukas quits:

We are sorry to see him go. He was a breath of fresh air compared with his predecessors; he lied far less. One of the definitions of lie as defined by the Free Dictionary is "something meant to deceive." The fact that HART often uses the slogan that rail will take 40,000 cars off he road is a deception meant to convince people that rail will have a major effect on traffic congestion. In fact, as you can see from the table below the 40,000 reduction is in the face of a 500,000 increase in car trips because of population growth. The 40,000 is only 1.4% of the total projected car trips; they will not be even noticed.

 

 

date   August 10, 2016

The purpose of our website and how to use it:

The function our website is to be useful to researchers rather than be part of social media. We have over 100GB of material that includes 40GB of FTA internal emails obtained as part of our lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu.

We have nearly all the legal documents relating to the lawsuit under the "Federal Courts" courts tab. All the state and federal guiding statutes and regulations are under "Process Docs" together with all the  documents relating to the EIS process from start to finish.

At the foot of the column to the left is an archive of  all the entries in this site since November 2004. The single red tab is a media record of the principal media stories 2003-2013.

One of the best ways to use the site is to perform a key word search in the search window combined with the adjacent radio button, "Honolulutraffic.com". You might be surprised at what results from such a search.

 

date   August 9, 2016

The Case for Stopping Rail Dead in its Tracks:

The question we have to ask ourselves is this: A majority of voters supported a $5.3 rail line in 2008. Now a majority oppose what looks like to be a $10 billion project. It appears that we could close out the project now for about a $3.5 billion loss. So the question is this, if you knew back then what you know now, a majority of us would have opposed the $5.3 billion rail project, so why on earth should be support spending $6.5 billion more to finish it. Read the story in full here.

 

date   July 31, 2016

Anti-rail group nominates City for FTA Award of Excellence:

Randy Roth, Cliff Slater, & Panos Prevedours nominate the City of Honolulu (City) and Honolulu Authority Rapid Transportation (HART) for the following, barely believable feats:

1.  Against all odds and at a time of record federal deficits and a slumping local economy, the City and HART somehow managed to extract and divert more than $5 billion in local funds (the upper range of which is still a mystery) and garner FTA support for $1.55 billion in federal funds – all to build an elevated heavy rail system that was out-of-date before construction even began (Antiquated Rail System)!

That's how it starts and to read the whole detailed two pages of the City's "incredible feats" read the pdf file.

 

 

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