FACT CHECK —Cayetano: Bus Rapid Transit 'Sweeping the Country'

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Mayoral hopeful and vocal anti-rail candidate Ben Cayetano said at a University of Hawaii forum on Sept. 9 that bus rapid transit, not rail, is the new transportation trend in the U.S.

"BRT — bus rapid transit — is the new thing sweeping the country, OK?" Cayetano said in response to a question about the proposed Honolulu rail project. "Basically, imagine a giant Prius, an electric car with rubber tires on a dedicated lane. That's sweeping the country today, OK? No city (except Honolulu) is building or is planning to build heavy rail of the kind that the city proposes."

Is that true?

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