With the budget battle heating up in Washington, Carlisle, Caldwell and other train boosters
planning on $1.55 billion in federal money to help build the elevated railway better come up with another plan.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in a sign of things to come, cut funding for the nation’s new subway and rail initiatives by $200 million. And Oahu’s rail project was the prime target, losing $150 million of the $250 million allocated by the Senate.
Don’t believe bogus claims that federal money for rail is guaranteed. It’s not.
Would a sharply divided, budget-cutting Congress in an election year approve $1.55 billion for
a “train to nowhere” opposed by the majority of Honolulu residents?
The short answer is “no.”
And how would Carlisle or Caldwell pay for rail if federal funding doesn’t materialize?
The short answer is probably “more taxes.”
Please share your thoughts (and watch your wallets).