General Motors and the Demise of Streetcars. Transportation
Quarterly, Summer 1997:45-66.
For 40 years from, 1920 to 1970, hundreds of cities across the nation removed light rail and instead relied on buses. This period was a fascinating one and is captured in this article I wrote ten years ago and now used by transportation and urban planning schools across the nation.
Slater, Cliff. Honolulu Rail Transit: A Faith-Based Initiative in Planning in Paradise II. Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 2005. p. 13.
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Like rail, TOD won't live up to promises. October 14, 2010.
City glossed over truth about cost of HOT lanes. May 3, 2008.
not a panacea for our communities. March 30, 2008
Innocents abroad when Hawaii legislator goes to Puerto Rico. July 22, 2007.
Rail just another 'investment' that won't pay, April 19, 2010.
Rail transit not worth the big financial risk, October 26, 2007.
SECOND OPINION columns about transportation issues from the Honolulu Advertiser
Other cities have shown rail does not work. October 9, 2006.
Rail planners spin a tale of rising ridership. September 25, 2006.
Rail justification must be carefully analyzed. August 3, 2006.
Transit policy veers away from rail ideas. June 15, 2006.
Scoping out the city's mass transit scam. January 3, 2006.
Will motorists accept charges for using roads? November 7, 2005.
O'ahu rail transit: the 'play to pay' game. October 25, 2005.
Time is money for Honolulu's commuters. October 11, 2005.
City's rail analysis must reflect reality. August 29, 2005.
You aren’t getting truth about city’s mass-transit plans. August 8, 2005.
Transit: What is happening elsewhere? June 13, 2005.
We’re still in denial: This ferry won’t float. January 31, 2005.
How to end the spin on O'ahu rail transit. November 1, 2004.
Congestion, transit barely tie in. August 30, 2004.
An odyssey in the land of TOD. June 7, 2004.
We 'give in' on rail transit. May 4, 2004.
A proper BRT proposition. March 29, 2004.
Just stick to the facts, ma'am . March 8, 2004.
City's BRT has degenerated into a farce. February 16, 2004.
The Quest for the Holy Rail. February 2, 2004.
Transit alternatives abound. December 29, 2003.
Transit projections are hot air. December 15, 2003.
City: Visions and Revelations. December 1, 2003.
It's no way to run a railroad. November 10, 2003.
Traffic: Small can be beautiful. October 20, 2003.
BRT: Pattern of deception? September 22, 2003.
Traffic: There's no silver bullet. September 8. 2003.
B RT: a ticking time bomb. August 25, 2003.
London offers lesson in traffic management. June 8, 2003.
The folly of the in-town BRT. March 31, 2003.
Is paying for transit a waste? March 10, 2003.
Driving force in commuting. January 27, 2003.
Tollroads becoming popular. January 13, 2003.
The BRT fiasco finally ending. November 11, 2002.
Drive-alones won't change. July 8, 2002.
Congestion? Not a Problem. June 24, 2002
Believing in rail transit is curable . June 3, 2002.
Bring back bus competition. May 20, 2002.
Traffic congestion is curable. April 23, 2002.
City's rapid transit vision will fade. September 4, 2001
City needs real transit experts. December 22, 2000 .
City lacks foresight for traffic mess. September 13, 2000.
BART: Vision or Illusion? July 10, 2000.
Why we commute by auto. May 30, 2000.
City playing lying game again. December 21, 1999.
Downtown ferry idea is all wet . November 29, 1999.
A desire named streetcar. November 8, 1999.
It's time to rethink TheBus. September 22, 1999.
Kalakaua pedestrian mall is a bad idea. June 2, 1999.
Light rail won't work either. November 30, 1998.
City rail plan is rubbish. November 12, 1998.
We ignore transportation alternatives . July 30, 1998.