The Honolulu Advertiser reported the latest Hawaii poll show slipping support for the planned elevated commuter rail project for Honolulu which is subject to referendum on November 4. According to the article, 51% support the project, 43% oppose, and 5% are undecided. A major concern is the cost of the project and related impact on taxes.
To me, the major issue is that it is planned to be an overhead steel on steel system. That means steel wheels on steel rails which in turn means lots of NOISE! I remember how Boston tore their overhead steel on steel system down in 2005 and replaced it with a subway system to eliminate the awful noise problem. Is Honolulu on "track" to replicate the problem experienced in Boston? Today's technology allows alternatives to steel on steel. It is unfortunate that those alternatives do not appear to be under consideration for the Honolulu system. But hey, it's another reason to come visit Kauai or Maui where we have great beaches without the headaches of a big city.
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