Hurrah for the rail project


My University of Hawaii 40th class reunion in 2008.  Some of the people touring the campus in this photo are my classmates.


The city and county of Honolulu  is in the process of building an elevated rail, stretching from Kapolei on the west side of the island to the University of Hawaii, located towards the east side of the island.  The rail project has been fraught with controversy.  Some people hate it, while others love it.  David and I love it.

David and I envision boarding the train near our home and getting off near the Blaisdell Concert Hall.  After the concert, we can catch the train back to our home.  This means we won’t have to drive at night.

Further, when our grandchildren attend the University of Hawaii, they can catch the train and avoid the hassle of having to find a parking space near the university.

I don’t care how much it costs, we must finish the rail project.  Don’t let it languish.  Stop the bickering and arguing.


12 Responses to “Hurrah for the rail project”

  1. David Says:

    The sooner the better! We can take the train to Ala Moana center and shop and dine. I loved the BART in San Francisco. This will be newer and nicer.

  2. Olga Says:

    How long is it taking? I know that roads to alleviate traffic have been started near where I live. They start and then get shut down by legal battles. One extension goes about 300 yards to nowhere and has been that way for over twenty-five years now. Seems like mass transportation like this train might be much better than lots of cars on an island.

  3. Joanne Noragon Says:

    No rail project, but I did see a public transport system come to life. Too late for me to use it as I’d moved away, but I see the buses everywhere in that county and remember my children and I advocating them.

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    I’m all in favor of public transportation. But we should care about how much it costs.

  5. dkzody Says:

    That’s exactly how I feel about the high speed rail project here in California. Please get it done, costs be damned, so I can use it.

  6. Christine Says:

    It sounds like a good idea to help with traffic.

  7. Linda Starr Says:

    Recently I read an article about Hawaiian island cesspools and their horrendous toll on the Hawaiian environment, which to my way of thinking should be fixed before a rail system is paid for; they contaminate underground water systems, beaches and fisheries. The article said there wasn’t enough money to fix the cesspools?

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    We love the light rail system that is slowly growing here in Seattle, but it is controversial too. We’ll be using it to go to the stadium this evening for the first Sounders match!

  9. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I hate it because of how massive and invasive it is. However, it has begun and so, must be completed.

    In its current state, it is now underfunded and will not be going to the University of Hawaii. The station at the Ala Moana Center has been redrawn and reconsidered many time, and meanwhile, the building boom of condominiums is taking away path options for the heavy rail tracks and pillars. It is a mess of a mistake, but I believe it HAS to go to the University of Hawaii Manoa, or else.

    I do hope it works out for the best.

  10. Hank Chapin Says:

    I am very much in favor of the rail project. This project had been sabotaged from the gitgo, when somehow, back in the day, Rene Mansho somehow ended up with the one vote which put an end to the project when Frank Fasi was mayor. She later ended up in jail, but not for that reason, as I recall, to be a little bit fair (not a whole lot: she ruined everything, in my view), but it is no testimony to her good judgment. The project would have been much more affordable had it been started then in the Fasi Era. Maybe it would even be finished by now. So many of my local friends, even my significant other, are against it, that it’s not a lively or pleasant topic of conversation to me, sort of like religion or politics: only trouble ensues.

    I grew up with subways and elevated trains in the Borough of Queens in New York City, and I have no negative reflex reaction to the aesthetic appearance of the pillars that are now sprouting out on the West Side of Oahu. They seem space-age modern to me, and I kind of like them. The elevated train in Queens saved my life in my 7-year-old mind when I wandered off, miles away, all the way to the old World’s Fair Grounds from Elmhurst where my family lived before the War ended, and I found myself totally lost and panicky. But it suddenly hit me that I could follow the elevated back from where I came, and I would be home, safe and sound. So, I have a good vibe, and I am used to trains. I have even crossed America and Canada five times by train. Good vibes for me.

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