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Leeward And Windward Residents Divided By Rail System Vote

Morris Nakamura Morris Nakamura
Mert Baliguat Mert Baliguat
Noell Au Noell Au

by: Leland Kim

(KHNL) - It seems Oahu residents are also divided about the proposed rail system, depending on where they live.

Tonight we talked to folks who could be directly and indirectly impacted by the new rail system.

Not surprisingly, people in Ewa welcome today's news while reaction on the windward side was somewhat mixed.

It's no secret Oahu has a traffic dilemma. In Ewa, residents welcome today's decision by the city council.

"I think it's going to help a lot of drivers who live in the Ewa Beach area cause it's increasing in housing area," said Morris Nakamura, an Ewa resident and a bus rider.

Mert Baliguat said he can't wait until the rail system is up and running. He commutes from Ewa to Downtown five days a week.

"If I would get on the bus at six o'clock I would reach Ewa around 9:30 or so," said Baliguat.

While the Ewa folks we talked to welcome the new rail system, some people on the windward side said it's not fair that everyone has to pay for it.

"If it's not going to be on our side of the island or whatever, I don't see why we're going to have to pay extra tax when it's not going to come to our side," said Noell Noell Au, a Kahuku resident.

"We're not going to get it, so we shouldn't have to pay for it," said Julius Tafiti, a Laie resident.

But a Kahaluu resident said people should look at the big picture.

"I think anything that's good for the state, is good for everybody as well," said Bob Hauser, a Kahaluu resident.

Baliguat said the new rail system could improve his personal life.

"It makes me feel happy because if I can get there in half the time or less, that's more time I get to myself and to the family," said Baliguat.

Which, he adds, is the perfect early Christmas present for folks in Ewa.

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