Cliff Slater

Cliff Slater

Cliff Slater is a businessman who founded Maui Divers. He was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the process by which the city selected elevated heavy rail.

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail

It’s dumb to ditch a half-built rail project after spending $4 billion. It’s even dumber to spend another $6 billion to $9 billion for slight traffic improvement and serious environmental harm.

Honolulu Rail Is Too Much, Too Late Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Is Too Much, Too Late

Beyond  exorbitant costs, we should stop rail now because it will be obsolete. By 2040, the answer to traffic woes will lie in ride-sharing services, driverless cars and other technology.

The Impending Honolulu Rail Ridership Debacle Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

The Impending Honolulu Rail Ridership Debacle

The city is no better at estimating ridership than it is at estimating costs.

We Should Not Pay A Penny To The Federal Transit Administration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Should Not Pay A Penny To The Federal Transit Administration

The FTA failed miserably to provide effective oversight for the rail project. That makes it complicit, not just morally but legally.

 

What Do We Do Now About The Honolulu Rail Project? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Do We Do Now About The Honolulu Rail Project?

The Legislature could halt the project by repealing the tax surcharge funding it, which would give the Honolulu City Council a tough choice.
PRP Owes an Apology to Oahu’s Voters screen capture

PRP Owes an Apology to Oahu’s Voters

The authors argue Sen. Brian Schatz should get rid of his Chief of Staff Andy Winer, who was a political operative in the successful PRP campaign against Ben Cayetano.
Rail Critic Responds to Civil Beat on Tax Revenues for Rail

Rail Critic Responds to Civil Beat on Tax Revenues for Rail

Cliff Slater says the mayor is wrong about city general excise tax collections.
The Last Word: Cliff Slater on Why Voters Should Reject Transit Authority

The Last Word: Cliff Slater on Why Voters Should Reject Transit Authority

Require our elected Councilmembers to be accountable; vote NO on November 2.
The Rail Divide — Part 4: Slater on Five Best Reasons to Oppose Project

The Rail Divide — Part 4: Slater on Five Best Reasons to Oppose Project

Cliff Slater's verbatim response to the question what are the five best reasons to support or oppose the project.
The Rail Divide: Cliff Slater’s Complete Response to Civil Beat

The Rail Divide: Cliff Slater’s Complete Response to Civil Beat

Cliff Slater's verbatim response to the question whether rail is the most cost-effective transit solution to best serve the largest number of people.