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POLL SHOWS FIRM SUPPORT FOR RAIL PROJECT
(Wed., June 1, 2011)—Oahu residents clearly support the City's rail transit project, and supporters outnumber opponents in all nine City Council districts, according to results of a new poll released today by Mayor Peter Carlisle and City Council Transportation and Transit Planning Committee Chairman Breene Harimoto.
Fifty-seven percent of residents polled said they support rail transit, while 40 percent said they were opposed, according the scientific survey conducted by QMark Research for PB Americas, Inc., the project's general engineering consultant.
"These results taken from a scientific survey show sound support for the rail project as it moves forward," said
HART was created after 63 percent of voters approved an amendment to the City Charter last November, and will begin overseeing the rail project on July 1.
The poll of about 900
As key reasons for their support, residents cited concerns over traffic, the need for reliable and convenient transportation, helping the environment, and rail's benefit to the economy.
Top reasons for opposition included concerns about cost, the fact that rail will not service their area, not enough people will use it, and a preference for other transportation options, such as the bus.
"While 70 percent said they felt rail would bring much-needed jobs to Oahu and help the overall economy and 58 percent said they believe rail is a good investment in our island's future, concerns over cost underscore the importance of bringing the project in on time and on budget," said Carlisle.
The poll also found residents felt the most important net benefits of HART were that it would have a singular mission to manage the rail system, that it would have the authority to prepare and manage its own budget separate and apart from the city budget, and because it would have the sole focus of transit, the semi-autonomous authority would make decisions more efficiently.
The scientific survey was conducted May 9, 2011 to May 20, 2011 and the sample was derived using QMark's random digit dialing software with the targeted goal of 45 percent wireless phones and 55 percent landline users. Respondents were screened to ensure they were at least 18 years old and resided on
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