FACT CHECK — Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn't Approve Current Rail Project

Nanea Kalani/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi insists the current rail project costs more and goes fewer places than the plan voters thought they were approving in 2008.

Specifically, she says when the tax increase to fund the project went on the ballot, the understanding was it would cost $3.7 billion and go to the University of Hawaii and through Salt Lake.

When folks such as rail chief Dan Grabauskas or Mayor Peter Carlisle say they have a duty to uphold the will of the voters by bringing the project to fruition, Kobayashi often responds by saying the current plan isn't what voters thought they were going to get.

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