by Darren Pai
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Just running errands like going to the pet store can be a headache these days.
"It took me about 30 minutes to get here from Diamond Head, and that's a good day," said Christina Simpkins from Diamond Head.
It could soon be easier to visit shops at Ala Moana Center. The city may build a rail system running from Kapolei to the mall. Some say it would reduce traffic.
"People won't be driving as much, so less traffic I guess," said Precious Bautista, a commuter from Waipahu.
While some believe a rail system would reduce traffic, with a price tag of $3.6 billion they're worried it would hurt both businesses and individual taxpayers.
"For a railroad, honestly i think that's too much money," Bautista said. "It'll help traffic, but that's a lot of money."
Partial funding for the project would come from a one-half percent surcharge on the general excise tax. That increase would affect just about every retail transaction on oahu.
"I don't want my taxes to go up and certainly as a retailer our excise taxes will be supporting this," said Lorraine Wong, owner of Tapestries at Ala Moana.
Shop owners expect more customers would browse in their stores if a rail station were built at the shopping center, but they're still concerned about the cost.