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RAIL Letter of No Prejudice: What Does it Really Mean?



RAIL Letter of No Prejudice: What Does it Really Mean?

this permission merely continues the city’s ability to risk city taxpayer dollars. There is still no guarantee that there will be any federal dollars

What Does “No Prejudice” Really Mean? On this point, HonoluluTraffic.com writer Bobby Slater notes, ”As many of you may know, yesterday the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Letter of No Prejudice” which allows the city to spend it’s own money to start limited construction on the rail. Under the letter, the city is allowed to spend up to $180 million in open farmland near East Kapolei. The city requested $20 million to build a pre-cast yard but were denied that by the FTA.”

On February 6, 2012, Honolulutraffic.com also noted, “Essentially, this permission merely continues the city’s ability to risk city taxpayer dollars. There is still no guarantee that there will be any federal dollars. All the letter does it tell the city it may collect federal funds should they ever be available.”

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3 Comments to RAIL Letter of No Prejudice: What Does it Really Mean?

  1. S. Blase

    Im thinking, what the Heck are we asking the Fed’s to give the “go” or “no go” on a project that reflects upon us taxpayers, who will eventually fund it via our tax monies and directly effect us for years to come? We are in desperate need of sensible government. Sure Fed monies would be nice, but like so many failed projects in our states and city’s past, this one wont be able to sweep under the rug like they did so many others. If they want to play the blame game like they did with “Aloha Stadium” the rust is suppose to develop into a protective coating? LOL what a joke, people should have lost their jobs for that one. They cant even maintain it, but my point is, it is another major example how our state….and city is incapable of managing large projects. And we dont need to develop this rail monstosity to teach us another lesson.
    We have come to a point where corruption is in our faces and the politicians know it. They knowingly justify their energy to projects to put money into the pockets of those who will benefit from constructing this Monster, irregardless of the effects or concerns of their constituents.
    We have seriously lost our way….

  2. Looks like US TAXPAYERS will pay to construct the rail project; then pay millions to tear it down if it doesn’t work for some reason; then pay more millions to restore the land to its original state! Whether it’s federal tax dollars or state tax dollars, it’s still coming out of US TAXPAYERS pockets. No? Thanks, Ben, for continuing to fight this pork project. Please see more at: https://sites.google.com/​site/thecatbirdsnest13/​home/​honolulu-rail-transit-given​-federal-approval

  3. Valerie Ossipoff

    How can anyone look at the renderings – even the glorified trying to make it pretty versions – and think this is good for Hawai’i. As my father said, we must fight the good fight in the “War on Ugliness”. Compound that with the smoke and mirror funny money stories coming out of Carslile, Hanneman, Abercrombie etc….you just have to wonder how much they are making on the deal…and you have a real nightmare. The “big” Fed. money is a tiny fraction of the total cost (a number which we still don’t know.) We can’t fill the potholes but we can run a train? I don’t think so.

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