Still saying, “No to Rail!”

The first two photos in this post were taken back in October of 2008.  I thought they had given up.  According to one of our independent news sources, the Hawaii Reporter, “Honolulu Rail Critics Vow to Stay the Course” so they haven’t given up!

Supporters of Saying No to the Rail

How far will they get?  That is hard to say.  Was I supportive of this movement two years ago?  Yes.  Am I still supportive?  You bet!  I was horrified when they first started talking about the Rail.

Signs for the movement

Hot Lanes seemed like a good idea to me!  Some of the other ideas that were put forward seemed not only beneficial but feasible.  I hated the rail idea and I still do.  I was hoping that our new mayor would not find it quite as wonderful as his predecessor but, alas, that is not the case.  Talk about a disappointment!  I’m still happy he is the mayor, so far.  It’s just that this wretched project seems to be more destructive than helpful in the long run.

Sign holders hold signs urging people to Save the Rail

There are, however, those who think just the opposite.  In January of 2010 I ran into a group of Rail supporters demonstrating along Beretania Street, in front of the State Capitol.  What shocks me is the number of people who think it’s such a great idea!  I thought that most people would have been as horrified as I was/am.

Convoy of trucks supporting the Go Rail crew.

Somehow, everyone was involved that day!  All of these trucks with their horns blaring were just amazing to see!

Sign holders support Local Jobs for Local People

Local jobs for local people — how can you argue with that?  Now there’s something that will get 100% of my support.  I’m really not sure if they were there in support of the Rail or if they just happened to be there at the right time.

There are not too many things that can defuse my heated opinion when my mind is made up about something.  I must admit, I did find the combination of things going on that day to be quite disarming.  It’s good to know that we’re not going down quietly!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rod // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I too am against the rail that all these looney tunes are proceeding to do! It won’t be good for the beauty that Hawai’i is known for and it sure the hell won’t help with the traffic flow one bit!!! Yeah, some of us might ride it once just to see what all the hoopla was all about, but after that, it’s back into our cars we’ll all go. Does everyone forget what happened to that so-called ferry the previous mayor tried, the one that the city thought would be great for getting us from a to b? Well that went down the tubes like I know this rail nonsense will do also. The bottom line is simply this, you can’t beat being in your own vehicle! Great story Evelyn…keep it up!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 Evelyn // Jan 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

    It should be interesting to see how things unfold once they start construction on this albatross. Thanks for the comment, Rod. Too many people seem to be on the opposite side of this fence.

  • 3 sonya // Jan 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    good post. i was against it when i heard of it. and am still against it.

    it will be a money sucker!

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Sonya! Yeah, that’s sure the way it looks from here! TheMoneyPit — our newest method of transportation! 🙂 We’ll see how it goes.

  • 5 Aloha Tony // Jan 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    whether we are for it or against it, the bottom line is the money isn’t there anymore to build it. The tax revenue is way short, and the Federal government isn’t going to fund us the way we thought – especially now that democrats are not in control in the House appropriations committee

  • 6 Evelyn // Jan 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hey Tony! You’re right and your points are very valid. The bottom line is, as you say, the bottom line. The problem now, is getting the ones in power to accept those facts. They’re going to stay in denial I’m afraid.

    Good to hear from you! 🙂

  • 7 Tom Welch // Jan 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    How do I ssist in waking up the forces that be are shoving this rail rapidly down our throats.
    We don’t want it, We won’t ride it & We can’t afford it. so Now what do we do??????? If you think our taxes are high now just wait. Its a giant boondoggle that is going to BK the City & County or Us if they keep raising every tax on the books. Stop the spending NOW

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    You know, Tom, I have no bloody idea! We keep talking but our fussing, fuming, and crying all falls on dead ears. There are just too many who are supportive. They justify their blatant disregard as falling under the “we can’t please all the people all the time” clause. Sigh.

  • 9 B. // Feb 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I’m not against the _idea_ of rail; I’m a big supporter of public transit. But I do wonder why we are closing schools to save money while we think we have $5.5 billion — and you _know_ it will over-run substantially — for this project.

    The (poorly) hidden agenda seems to be to boost construction and not so incidentally to give contracts to political friends.

  • 10 Evelyn // Feb 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    You know, B., after snooping around your blog, I can see you’re a realist about things. I like that. 🙂 We know that boosting the construction industry is definitely an item on the agenda! I’m all for supporting the construction industry and the jobs that it provides, believe me, but there has got to be a better way than this boondogle! (Never thought I would ever use that word.)

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