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May 8, 2017

Think About It: By Then...

The rail project is back on track, at least according to a249-page report delivered to the Federal Transit Administration last week. Andwhile the back and forth on the rail, its cost overruns, the taxes needed topay for it for years and years, the question of who's in charge, etc., all makefor interesting news stories, the facts are plain when the smoke lifts.

This proposed traffic-decreasing entity will not be fullyfunctional for up to eight more years. Even the first phase, from the train'sorigination point in Kapolei to a Pearl City station, will not be ready forriders for up to four more years. So while you may grow weary with all of theuncertainty and consternation about this project, you can rest comfortablyknowing that the ultimate resolution- like what kind of impact will it reallyhave- will not be known at all until babies born this month reach the 4thgrade in 2025, when they are eight years old.

By then, hopefully we will have seen built a newcomprehensive facility for sports, entertainment, retail, housing, and perhapsa hotel in Halawa, replacing Aloha Stadium. By then, the folks on the leewardside might finally have some real relief for the single over-used artery thattransports them on good days to and from their homes. By then, and this is astretch, I know, we might finally have not only a decision but possibly somedefinitive action taken on the Haiku Stairway to Heaven and maybe even theWaikiki Natatorium. Ahhh, I know, but one can dream, yeh?  Think about it…

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