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Salt Lake residents prepare for rail system

Adelaida Agregado Adelaida Agregado
Michelle Carvalho Michelle Carvalho

By Roger Mari - bio | email

SALT LAKE (KHNL) - Nine city neighborhoods are being considered as routes for the rail including here in Salt Lake. Residents and businesses are preparing if the project goes through their town.

Adelaida Agregado has lived in Salt Lake for nearly 20 years. Although relocating would be tough, she believes a rail system will be good for Hawaii and would be willing to move for the better of the whole community.

"As long as it's for the good of so many people? Why, I am only one," says Salt Lake Resident Adelaida Agregado.

Along with homes on Salt Lake Boulevard sits the First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Church. Since 1966, Faliu Toeaina and her husband have been holding services here. At first they were in favor of having a rail but now they are having second thoughts.

"It's good to have the rail but that's the thing. If it's going to affect our area, our children, our houses, then I don't vote for it," says Faliu Toeaina.

The main commercial area affected by the rail project is the Salt Lake Shopping Center.

Michelle Carvalho has been working for the last three years and considers it to be more than just a small strip mall.

"This whole shopping center over here is like family. This whole shopping center is like one big house," says Salt Lake Resident Michelle Carvalho.

Michelle lives just a few blocks from work. If the rail project makes it through this week's election, she hopes it will take a different route, otherwise she will have no choice but to find another area to call home.

"I guess I have to do what I have to do but I would be really upset with that," says Michelle Carvalho.

For now, all Salt Lake residents can do is wait and see if a mass transit system will be running through their neighborhood.

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