BY JOE KENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF GRASSROOT INSTITUTE OF HAWAII

June 2022 – We have concerns that the 2022 Recovery Plan by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has overly-optimistic assumptions about revenues, ridership and costs. This could saddle local taxpayers with unstated liabilities in the future.

The project is already wildly over-budget and behind-schedule, so the current schedule of revenues, ridership and costs should be viewed with extreme skepticism.

The Honolulu rail should be completed without incurring more costs, increasing taxes or adding any new taxes. Local residents have paid far too much already.

We’ve detailed about our concerns here in our article “Time to get real about rail” by our president and ceo.

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Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a 501(c)3 nonprofit policy research organization that promotes the values of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.

Sign the petition and join Ride Now Honolulu in urging the Federal Transit Authority to scrutinize HART’s Rail Recovery Plan that has been presented for their review this summer.

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