Civil Beat Poll - Honolulu Voters Oppose Rail Project

Rail Transit Division

The tide of public opinion is running strongly against Honolulu's proposed rail project, according to a new Civil Beat poll.

Fifty-five percent of likely voters say they oppose the project, with just 34 percent in favor, the poll found. The rest either don't have an opinion or aren't sure what they think.

The automated telephone survey of 1,172 likely voters on Oahu was conducted on Feb. 26 and 27, more than a month after former Gov. Ben Cayetano jumped into the Honolulu mayor's race, turning the contest into a referendum on rail. He has vowed to kill the $5.2 billion project.

The Federal Transit Administration has said $1.55 billion in funding the city is counting on to build the 20-mile rail line would be in jeopardy if it doesn't have a partner to build the project.

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