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Best for state to abandon Honolulu rail project

In February 2012, the largest public works project in the state’s history was signed and approved into existence.

A brand new 20-mile rail line with 21 stations was to be built and finished, only in Honolulu mind you, by 2020 and was promised to only cost Hawaii taxpayers around $5.2 billion.

However, as of right now, and most likely further on, the project is nowhere near finished and its estimated finished construction date has been pushed back to 2033 with an estimated completion cost of an outrageous $11 billion, all of which will still be paid for by the state, or, in other words, the residents of Hawaii.

However, none of this is anything new, because the state has bailed out this project not once, but twice, with each bailout being more than $1 billion.

All of this is going to a rail that will not at all support the other islands in any meaningful way. The best course of action for the state to take is to abandon this project and use this money to bolster the state’s economy.

Hawaii’s economy is built on a house of cards; it is too dependent on the tourism industry. As most saw during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has one the highest rates of homelessness in the nation and is the worst state in which to start and conduct a business.

Dennis Mollinedo Gutierrez

Wailuku

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