For Immediate Release
Panos Prevedouros stands alone among Mayoral Candidates on Rail
stance. No to Rail. Yes to Traffic Relief.
Honolulu, Hawaii- July 9th, 2010 - Panos Prevedouros, candidate for
Mayor, confirms his position on the $ 5 billion + heavy rail
NO TO RAIL.
“When elected mayor, I will put a stop to the $5.5 billion project
immediately and with the input of the citizens, implement alternate
solutions to traffic congestion- solutions that will work and
really bring traffic relief, ” explains Prevedouros. “In 2008 the
public was deluged with millions of dollars worth of “Light Rail”
commercials, emails and letters, and still achieved just 50.6% of
the vote for rail. A vote that is not valid today,” he states.
Why is the vote not valid?
>People voted for light rail. What is being proposed is heavy
>People voted for rail through Salt Lake. The proposed rail will
run through the airport.
>People voted for rail from Kapolei to UH and Waikiki. The rail
starts a mile out of Kapolei and stops short of its original
>People voted for rail to serve communities. Rail will destroy
prime agricultural land.
>People voted for congestion relief. Rail will cost $5.5 Billion
for a 1% reduction in traffic.
YES TO TAX RELIEF.
The General Excise Tax surcharge funding the rail project is
expected to extract between 3 and 4 billion dollars from the local
economy. “I can’t imagine any family on Oahu, regardless of income
level, that would want to take almost $18,000 out of their wallets
and give it to the city to build a rail project that will not
significantly reduce congestion,” says Prevedouros. “Immediately
after stopping the rail tax, we will work toward eliminating the
general excise tax surcharge which will immediately reduce the cost
of everything on Oahu.”
Panos Prevedouros and Katie O'Donnell on rail and the election