Transit Arithmetic: Make your own formula?

·By Treena Shapiro

Honolulu City and County of Honolulu officials estimate that a proposed $5.3 billion elevated rail project will create an average of 10,000 jobs a year.

Mayoral candidate Panos Prevedouros, updating his 2008 anti-rail platform for 2010, says the numbers will be much lower. In a nutshell, the header to his April 14 blog post is “Proposed Rail Creates 1,000 Local Jobs and Destroys 4,000 jobs.”

Meanwhile, a story by Sean Hao in The Honolulu Advertiser in March put the job creation estimates at 350 this year and 2,000 in peak construction years

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