Numb. That's what time and redundancy can do to the human mind. Andthat's what a lot of people feel right now as it relates to the rail issue. Here are just some of the recent headlines: "Rail officials start over on selecting builder for laststretch"; "Ige signs bill giving state added control over rail";"Rail vote could cost House leader her post"; "Council finalizes extension of GET surcharge to cover railshortfall"; "Rail bailout forever weds State to project".
When it rains, it pours, and the rapid transit dream- whichbegan with much hype and hope, now seems to be approaching a nightmare state,like the sinkhole discovered by Ala Moana Regional park last week- atreacherous hole that needs to be fixed. We keep filling rail project holeswith money, topped off with leadership changes, new dances with the feds, a decisionto not look back and learn from past mistakes- the list goes on and on. And allthis for a choo choo that is still at least eight years away from being fullyready.
I am not a rail fatalist. But I have grown skeptical ofpromises and re-assurances after seeing what we've all witness unfold thus far,and that's knowing we've got the biggest and most convoluted constructionsegments yet to come as the project hits the congested corridors of Kalihi,downtown, and Kaka`ako. Over $10-billion from an original expectation of lessthan $6-billion for this train? Well, some are saying it could actually reach$13-billion. Numb is bad, but dumb is worse. Let's make sure smart people andsmart answers come forward as we try to keep rail on the tracks. Think aboutit.