Ride it Right Outta Town!

HOT Alternative to RailI shouldn’t have to think like this but, I’m sorry, I have trust issues.  I don’t trust how the rail issue went down.  I have lost faith in the City government, the judiciary and the power of the people’s voice.

We need to work together and not have someone thrust things down our throats without any of us having a say.  I’m not one for sensationalism but I do tend to get excited when I think something is amiss or when I think my rights and the rights of my fellow citizens have been slighted.

Stop Rail Now may have run into a brick wall while trying to get the rail question on the November ballot but, in spite of the resistance, there will indeed be a question about this issue on the ballot.  KHON2 reports that the question will read, “Shall the powers, duties and functions of the city through the director of Transportation Services include the establishment of a steel wheel on steel rail transit system?”  The wording, the City’s wording, does not say much but it will show the overall view of Honolulu’s citizens as a whole.  If the vote is strongly against it, I can’t see how they can continue to pursue it.  However, this question does not stop them from putting rubber wheels in motion.

For the record, when I called the City Clerk’s office, they said there was no question on the ballot.  Seriously, that’s what I was told.  Like I said, my faith in our city’s governance has been severely shaken.  The question better not be tampered with when the ballot goes to print!  Trust me, I’m going to check!  The whole situation has my dander up and this incredible ignorance is just unbearable.  You know, “we’re not sure,” would have been a better answer.  It would have still been stupid but at least not as blatantly ignorant and borderline argumentative.

Kanu Hawaii has provided some interesting thoughts and ways to think things through.  I’m not saying I agree with it all, I’m just saying we should all think clearly on this matter and then vote!  Personally, I guess I have to come clean on my opinion, I’m still leaning towards the ‘HOT’ lanes like that pictured above.  There were be little to no damage to our skyline and would actually go somewhere useful, rather than nowhere like the rail is being set up to do.  Mahalo to HonoluluTraffic.com for that attractive rendering.

This issue has made it as far as New York!  Maybe we’re setting up a model of resistance for other states to follow.  They ask our opinions about other stupid things, why don’t they ask us about something we actually care about and that actually matters?  The whole idea needs to be ridden right outta town!  I’m originally from the Leeward side, Makaha to be exact, and I commuted to UH Manoa for over four years so, yes, I do know what that drive is like and I do have a vested interest both in the preservation of the beauty of my home and the liquidity of my City’s finances!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keahi Pelayo // Oct 3, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I too am concerned that this was rammed down our throats.

  • 2 Evelyn // Oct 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Aloha Friday, Keahi! Thanks for saying you feel that way too — it’s nice to know I’m not alone!

  • 3 Jimmy // Oct 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

    It does seem that way, I ask them a few questions, about rails cars, passengers, and traffic. They said they did not know anything. If they do not know, how can they go ahead with this project.

  • 4 Evelyn // Oct 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Kind of amusing isn’t it, Jimmy? I must say I agree with you. How can they proceed with something they know nothing about? Talk about a communication break-down! Thanks for stopping by and for joining in the discussion!

  • 5 jen // Oct 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I came across your blog while I was searching for information about the mass transit rail. I’m a freshman at Kapiolani Community College doing a research paper for my English class.
    I’ve had some thoughts since the transit rail was proposed.. Does the plan for this rail include people who live more than a mile inland from the pick up spots? How are they going to get there? Catch a bus?? Catch a cab? Or walk even?
    I could probably go on forever with my ridiculous questions, but I’ll stop there.

  • 6 Evelyn // Oct 7, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Hi Jen! That’s an interesting choice of topic for your paper! I would love to see your paper when you’re done! Aside from that, your questions are exactly the same as the gripes I keep hearing from others. If you have to catch the bus, why bother? If you’re already on the bus, it’s easier to just stay there than to get off and get back on something else. I don’t know what to tell you except to perhaps contact the people over at http://www.honolulutraffic.com/ because they seem to have a lot of ideas about making a case against the rail. Good luck and I hope you get an A!

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