No one is proposing “light” rail for Honolulu, they are proposing “heavy” rail — and that means trains. “Light rail” and “heavy rail” are precise terms; light rail runs in the street for a significant part of its route and takes its power from overhead. Heavy rail is totally separated from the street and takes its power from below — the proverbial third rail. However, proponents prefer to use “light” rail since it is a more saleable term.
The following are the principal statements made in support of rail:
*All the other cities of our size have rail transit.
*Rail transit will reduce the numbers of cars on the road.
*Rail transit will reduce traffic congestion.
*Rail transit will