They passed the ballot proposition to build (and I quote) a "a steel wheel on steel rail transit system". Possibly the most technology-specific question I've ever seen on a ballot.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Were there aever any streetcars in Hawaii in the past?Yes. Honolulu had a streetcar system, actually three different systems over the years around the turn of the last century, starting with a horse (mule) car operation, superceded by electric streetcars running up until 1941, some trackless trolleys until 1958, with gasoline, diesel, etc. buses to the present time.
But sometime this spring, a $5.3 billion project is scheduled to rise from the Kapolei farmlands that offers powerful evidence of how much this island, a symbol of Pacific tranquillity, is changing. A 40-year battle to build a mass transit line appears to be nearing its end. Barring a court intervention, construction is to begin in March on a 20-mile rail line that will be elevated 40 feet in the air, barreling over farmland, commercial districts and parts of downtown Honolulu, and stretching from here to Waikiki.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/us/ha ... =me&ref=us
The two-track line —a 30-foot-wide span, with 21 elevated stations — is designed to accommodate an increasing crush of commuters and tourists while encouraging new growth and development, particularly on this undeveloped part of the island. The Honolulu rail project, scheduled for completion in 2018, seems certain to change sharply the nature of much of the south side of the island, as well as downtown Honolulu.Mostly the same stuff verbatim: http://www.contracostatimes.com/rss/ci_ ... source=rss
neroden wrote:They passed the ballot proposition to build (and I quote) a "a steel wheel on steel rail transit system". Possibly the most technology-specific question I've ever seen on a ballot.I think the reason it was so specific was because opponents of the project tried to get their own ballot proposition requiring a "bus-only" transit system or something like that.
M&Eman wrote:Does anyone with a good understanding of Hawaii politics want to explain why Cayetano is so firmly against the rail project? I understand that some in the area see the train as a symbol of Honolulu growing up from a small town into a large metropolis, something some people don't want to see happen.Over $4 Billion to build, Millions of $ yearly to operate and maintain. Anytime that much money is at stake, you'll find opponents.