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1 Serving Hawaii’s taxpayers since 1985 1 A cost-disbenefit analysis of the Honolulu rail project

2 $5.2 billion to build $5,700 per adult & child $464,000 per new commuter 10% increase in city budget 2

3 20 miles and 21 stations — population 915,000 3



6 “The biggest threat to Oahu’s landscape in the past 100 years.” Hawaii’s Outdoor Circle 6


8 Rail has united the Left and the Right in opposition. 8

9 DOWNTOWN STATION: a Hawaiian sense of place 9


11 “Traffic congestion will be worse in the future with rail than what it is today.” Final EIS. Source: Final EIS 11

12 Traffic congestion during the years of construction: 12

13 Summary of disbenefits Unaffordable for Honolulu Destroys view planes; kills waterfront Uses more energy than buses or cars Does nothing about traffic congestion Appalling congestion during construction 13

14 Develop Opposition: Huge capital & operating costs Visual & Noise blight will destroy City Promote an alternative: BRT on HOT lanes, or BRT on existing Zipper lanes Action Plan 14

15 For heavy rail option: The Planning Company (PB) Federal officials State officials City officials Construction companies Construction unions Media Most big businesses Chambers of Commerce For BRT/zipper option: Small businesses Individuals Beautification groups Land use groups Concerned citizen groups 15

16 Politicians Establishing Rail Programs (PERPs) 16

17 Our volunteers: 17

18 Their volunteers: 18

19 Organizing protests Testifying at City Council Lobbying legislators Presentations to organizations Rotary Clubs Lions Clubs Condo directors Business groups Neighborhood Boards Creating coalitions Responding to blog postings Responding to newspapers Emailing supporters Dealing with the media Write letters to the editor ACTIONS: There’s no spontaneous outpouring of enthusiastic supporters; people organize it. Organizing sound trucks Mock up supporting pillars Make signs Organizing sign waving Organizing T-shirts Writing op/eds Organizing petition drives Corresponding with FTA EIS comments Fundraising letters Fundraising events Dialing for dollars Write for and run the website Email blasts Press releases 19

20 Tampa Expressway 20

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23 23 Sound truck simulating train noise makes voters aware of it:

24 2008 & 20102012 Honolulu Mayor’s race 24

25 Ben Cayetano TV campaign spot: 25

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27 8/21/2011 27

28 The lawsuit option: These three statutes are likely the only legal tools you can use: 1. National Environmental Policy Act To promote the enhancement of the environment. Requires EISs on the impacts of proposed federally funded actions. 2. National Historic Preservation Act To preserve U.S. historical and archaeological sites. It mandates a review process for all federally funded projects to minimize harm to sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 3. Section 4(f) of the Transportation Act. The US DOT may not approve the use of publicly owned land of a public park, recreation area, wildlife refuge or historic site unless it determines there is no feasible (can it be built?) and prudent (meet the need?) avoidance alternative. It may then only approve the alternative that causes the least overall harm. 28

29 Complaints: 1. Improper defining of the “purpose and need” statement. Too narrow a definition as “rapid transit” precludes consideration of all other reasonable alternatives. 2. Failed to consider all reasonable alternatives Failed to consider BRT, Managed Lanes, light rail & others. 3. Failed to analyze the environmental effects of alternatives Failed to consider destruction of views, effects on the waterfront, and impacts on Native Hawaiian burial sites. 29

30 Standing: A plaintiff must show that some personal legal interest has been invaded by the defendant; they must have a personal stake in the outcome of the lawsuit. Legal process: 65 filings 3 hearings Administrative Record of 155,000 pages. 1 appeal $1.4 million legal billings. We await an appeals ruling from the Ninth Circuit 30

31 $700 million spent so far 31

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