“Stop Rail Now” Opens Office

Before zoning out and letting my mind wander off on Monday, I did manage to focus for just a bit so that I could check in on the grand opening of the Stop Rail Now office.

Petition Sign

Stop Rail Now Co-Chairs

Some people seem to think that the rail will be a good addition to our landscape and that it will help alleviate the problems with transportation and traffic. I don’t think so.

I’m sorry but I am inclined to be more supportive of the research done by the staff at the University of Hawaii and I will go with those who are in the know rather than those looking to make a name for themselves. I will even go so far as to say that if you work downtown, or nearby, and if you’re a registered voter, go ahead and print out the petition, send me a message or leave a comment here so that I can contact you. I will collect them from you and deliver them to the Stop Rail Now office myself!

We have the right to vote on this project! Get your co-workers to sign it too! As long as this is what people want to do and as long as they’re registered to vote, then go for it!

Supporters milling around after grand opening

This movement is not without its supporters, as you can see. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the office at (808) 536-4384.

627 South StreetWe have to maintain the beauty of our island! Honolulu has just been rated as the “greenest city in the nation.” I think we should focus more on keeping it that way and focus on keeping our skyline free of rail tracks and other mechanical paraphernalia.

At the very least it is a decision that should be made by the citizens as a whole, not unilaterally by a hired official.

Stop Rail Now
627 South Street, Suite 4
Honolulu, HI 96813

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve // May 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Part of being green might be the availability of alternate forms of transportation. I’m not sure the steel on steel rail is the solution, and whether rail in general is the solution, but it has a certain attraction.

  • 2 HawaiiVacationGifts // May 31, 2008 at 1:44 am

    I think the Rail program is stupid because it is just too damn expensive. These big projects always get finished way over budget too.

  • 3 Evelyn // May 31, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    It certainly does have its attraction, Steve, I will admit that. I have thought the same as you, I’m sure. The problem is that people will not use it to justify the expense and the current way it is said to run will only slow people down so they won’t even try to use it.

    We’re still suffering from the impact of the last bus strike. The insanity of the gas prices may get people back on the bus and make this moot. Time will tell. We will still need to do something but I would prefer taking a more thorough look at the the proposed ideas from the engineering people at the University of Hawaii.

  • 4 Evelyn // May 31, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    HVG, I too have thought about the horrible likelihood of this albatross going over budget!

    I’m leaning more towards the additional freeway overpass(es) being added as proposed by the engineers. They will help resolve the congestion and the building of these solutions will provide jobs for OUR citizens, NOT for people who don’t even live in our State!

  • 5 Donald // Jul 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    MR. GOFI-Mufi is spending our money on
    something thats not going to happen. can somebody sue him for wasting our money on commercials? Cant he get it through hiz head we are in a recession he will put us in a depression

  • 6 Evelyn // Jul 31, 2008 at 7:03 am

    You know, Donald, I really don’t know. I hear you and I understand what you’re saying but I’m afraid the only way to stop it is to vote in a new mayor in November and keep our fingers crossed.

  • 7 Joe // Jan 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I lived in Miami when they put in the Monorail. It was needed more, planned better, and built quickly. It was a complete failure. 200 million+ already spent on planning. STOP RAIL NOW.
    Rebuild the merge, move some on/off ramps, invest in smart traffic light patterns, manned traffic monitoring systems, etc…

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you, Joe, for that comment! I agree! We’ll see how far we get with trying, yet again, to stop it. Sigh. Pffff!

  • 9 Don // Mar 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The boat did not work. It was heavily subsidized by the taxpayers and people did not ride. The rail will be the same. It will require massive help from the state (taxpayers) just to make it affordable and even then….people will not ride. We enjoy our cars and freedom to go where we want – when we want. The state can not afford this….we can’t even afford to pay our state workers. Also, This state has not errected billboards because of its scenic beauty, what do you think an elevated rail will do to the island?

  • 10 Evelyn // Mar 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks, Don. We’re on the same page on this one! I have to update this article. I got some fun stuff I read yesterday but others heard it some time back. I have to post it and get this discussion up front again! 🙂

  • 11 ellen // Jun 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

    all comments i agree with. STOP THE RAIL

    to-oo bad, people are only now realizing that
    they made a mistake by voting for the rail.

  • 12 Evelyn // Aug 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I agree, Ellen, it is very unfortunate. Sigh.

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