Sunday, February 5, 2023
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sierra Club Rail Position: Incompetent, Disturbing
By Honolulu Traffic @ 5:50 PM :: 6749 Views :: Rail

Dennis Callan sounds off on the Sierra Club position

Dear Sierra Club,           July 18, 2012
I was just reading the Anthony Alto and Rick Barboza's Sierra Club statement in this week’s Honolulu Weekly about mass transit, urban growth and the mayoral election. I found it riddled with contradictions. Their statements are in italics.
Like you, I am pro-urban growth, but I am also anti-rail. I want to see our city built up like European cities I have enjoyed in my 65 trips to Europe -- right now I am in Stockholm, one of the great examples. I am knowledgeable in how cities can function, how they can include urban housing (I live in a Makiki highrise).
Here are some problems with Alto/Barboza's, and apparently the Sierra Club’s, attitude:
"we are firmly committed to a future where development is concentrated in the urban core"
Rail to Kapolei is not in the urban core, DUH!!!!!
"we should be promoting modern, livable, walkable cities."
TOD is not going to create that in Waipahu, Aiea or Pearl City and certainly not in the farmlands of Kapolei, DUH!!!!!
"BRT would require dedicated lanes and dozens of buses running for every train equivalent"
This is really disturbing to hear, and so incorrect. You have no idea what you are talking about. An articulated bus can easily carry 100 people, their train, maybe 250. How does that equate to 24 ("dozens") buses? This is the basis of your analysis? This is nothing but pathetic -- to think you are so unaware of the realities of mass transit and yet presume, you pretend, to be protecting our environment. This is really shameful. Two buses will do the work of one train, not 24 buses. A BRT system does not require dedicated lanes throughout the route -- that can come a bit later as it evolves. We just need more buses now, with certain priorities, certain new lanes, no parking allowed on certain routes, signal priority, make room for buses on our existing streets, lets get going with the bus program.
"we’re troubled by the lack of detail in his mass transit alternative"
The city has spent hundreds of millions for many years on their deficient plan -- give us a break. We have the concept firmly in mind -- BRT. Now let’s spend some city money and plan a workable system. You think we can't do that? You think we are stupid? BRT is a no-brainer, if you would only open your eyes.
"candidates can and should commit to concentrating all major new housing projects in the existing urban core. Places like Moiliili and Kalihi are prime for revitalization."
How would a train to the suburbs possibly contribute to such a vision? I do share your goal, build up our city, in the urban core. Come on, let's get together with a new mayor who is smart and really cares, not controlled by construction unions and downtown banks, and build a great city. We can do it, and we can protect our precious farmlands. Rail would do the opposite.
If the Hawaii Sierra Club wishes to continue in business, stay out of this issue right now. My preceding comments demonstrate you are obviously incompetent to make any kind of informed statement. Announce that you have no position, or better yet, wake up, and come out for Ben and for smart growth.
Dennis Callan

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii