With all the arguments about rail versus rapid transit buses, I have not seen any mention of what commuters are expected to do while the public transportation system is being constructed. It is estimated that the rail project will take at least nine years. In that span of time the volume of commuter traffic is expected to increase, resulting in more congestion.

On another note, I am wondering how much the city would have saved had it not rushed to issue contracts to begin construction. Now that the project has stalled because of the court’s decision that all archeology reviews [must] be completed before construction can proceed, the costs are mounting for change orders and delays. Yet HART is stating that it believes the project will still be within the budgeted amounts in spite of the delays.

Melvyn Masuda Honolulu, HI