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Let's Discuss Food Sustainability and Independence
We Love a Parade! (Ann Shaver)
No News Is Good News for Rail (Charles Carole)
Twice the Cost for 2/3 the Miles (Pearl Johnson)
Meeting on Agriculture
Insane Per Capita Cost for Rail
Important Hearing Dec. 10 (Jean Aoki)
Updating Citizens' Guide to Development (League News)
Nominations for Honolulu League Officers (League News)
Call for Office Monitors (League News)
Welcome New Members
New Record Set at Teamsters Vote Count (Arlene Ellis & Piilani Kaopuiki)
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Insane Per Capita Cost for Rail

Panos Prevedouros is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Hawaii. He ran for mayor in 2008 on an anti-rail platform. The following is excerpted from his blog,

Honolulu's per person cost for rail will be $4,300. No other community has paid such a heavy tax. Phoenix recently opened its light rail service at a cost of under $180 per person!

Normally, rationally, this cost per person would be a show-stopper. That is, at ten times the cost of rail in other cities, Honolulu's proposal is insane. Insane proposals should not proceed. But with "strong leaders" and many special interests lined up to make billions, this boondoggle is still alive.

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