The Case Against 'Light' Rail for Honolulu – and for a HOTWay

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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