Apparently, the Kamehameha Schools
believes there is a better alternative to the overhead train package supported by the Hannemann Administration and many developers and contractors. This alternative would cost a lot less, be less disruptive for local businesses during the construction phase, be more convenient for commuters by essentially replicating ingress and egress of The Bus, and could be more easily expanded and extended. This Honolulu Advertiser article
really sums it up nicely. There was no comment from the Mayor but considering the current state revenue picture and the reduced amount flowing into coffers for the train project, not to mention the likelihood of serious federal cutbacks in the near future to deal with the yawning post-Crash deficit, it might be prudent to consider an option that costs almost 40% less and could be launched even more quickly. Also, the phases of this alternative train roll out makes a lot more sense. The Mayor's plan has the first segment of the train going from Kapolei to Waipahu / Salt Lake. Kam School's plan would instead have the first phase running in the downtown area, a far higher use area in terms of foot traffic and a much more congested traffic zone. What do you think?