Here is a one sentence summary of the controversy over a fixed rail system for Oahu:

“Faith in train on Ewa plain falls mainly in refrain, not brain.”

That is, of course, based upon the musical line offered by Professor Higgins in the stage play “My Fair Lady” as he struggled to teach Eliza Doolittle to speak clearly. Knowing that origin is instructive because, if built, the train in question offers to actually “do little” to reduce road traffic. The obvious question then is “why do it?” The ditty above addresses that query.

It might be called the Eliza Doolittle rule. Are you listening, Honolulu City Council?

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