One of Hawaii’s most famous President’s appeal project, President Trump, for the end of funding for the state’s most notorious government “frills” -.
The controversial 20-mile elevated heavy steel-rail system now under construction on the island of Oahu is slated to cost $10 billion or $500 million per mile, the former Hawaii Gov. Benjamin Cayetano, “the most expensive railway project in the world.”
“As a life-long Democrat and former Governor of Hawaii, I was against your candidacy,” said Cayetano in a statement published in a full-page newspaper advertisement in The “Washington Post” on Friday and provided by Fox News. “But I have to admit that they are on the right track, Lupe wasteful spending on pork-barrel projects-turn.”
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Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii from 1994 to 2002, met Trump in Honolulu in 1998, as Trump’s Miss Universe pageant was held there.
“I remember that you commented on the beauty of Honolulu,” Cayetano said in his appeal to Trump. “The railway project planned to be seven massive elevated train stations 50-60 meters high and 35 meters high railway line through the heart of downtown Honolulu. If built, the beauty and the atmosphere of the town will change.”
City officials promised that the railway would reduce the current level of traffic load dramatically, said Cayetano. But the final environmental impact statement reported that the railway would reduce the traffic loads of less than 2 per cent and noted “congestion will be worse in the future with rail than what it is today (without a rail).”
The project is so over budget that the city and county of Honolulu, all of Hawaii’s main island of Oahu, the does not have the resources to complete the 20-mile system, back fall $3 billion short, and six years behind schedule, said Cayetano.
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“Internal E-Mails under the [Federal Transit Administration] – staff revealed that it said a lot of doubt and cynicism over the rail, and the city’s multi-million-dollar PR campaign, the FTA has done nothing and is now the grant on the threshold, providing the remaining $800 million of the US $ 1.5 billion,” Cayetano.
Honolulu rail project was initially driven more by the policy, driven by the powerful U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, the then Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Cayetano. Inouye, proud of securing billions of dollars in pork-barrel projects for Hawaii, about his 50 years in political office, passed away in December 2012.
Many critics of the project want to end the trump administration, the FTA is to consider the Full funding grant agreement, which would force the city to less costly transportation alternatives.
“The Honolulu rail project does not deserve a Cent more from the Federal government,” said Cayetano. “It has become a poster child for how politics, incompetence, disinformation and lies, to increase at the root of the waste of rail projects, which do little for the public, except taxes.”
The project was initially set up by that in the year 2008, Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann, who was supported by the steel workers union, among other things, the construction unions, the benefit would be of the project, and an initiative, with the support of 50.8 percent of voters. The current Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell, is one of the main supporters and urged Oahu “temporary” General excise tax increase to Finance permanently the project.
“I think it is better to March forward,” Caldwell said, via the rail, which is already visible in the construction in West Oahu.
However, the project of the balloon could cost even more, as it is said in the city of Honolulu, Panos Prevedouros, an engineering professor at the University of Hawaii, and one of the world’s recognized experts in transportation projects.
“You may not be completed, the four in the city of miles, because the are very expensive and we don’t have an actual budget for it,” Prevedouros said, noting that politicians are low-balled the costs and misrepresented the will and the benefits to the easing of traffic.
“It is political corruption,” Prevedouros said about the reason the project was approved and goes forward. “There are a lot of resources, a lot of money in circulation, for a completely useless project.”
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