HONOLULU - Honolulu's train is five miles and billions of dollars away from completion.

A new report released this month by a group of architects and planners points to PLAN B-- a way to save money, view planes and to complete the project five years sooner.

It's renewing a call to bring the train down to street level instead of above ground.

It's a position Honolulu's mayor doesn’t favor.

Not only because he says it would slow the train down, but because of safety concerns about collisions with pedestrians and cars.

"The only reason that people are going to get out of their cars in the condition that they face today, is they are guaranteed to get in quickly above grade out of traffic, because when you are in traffic congestion and there is an accident, the train stops too," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The Transit Task Force developed the report for the Hawaii chapter of American Institute of Architects.

But when the AIA opted not to adopt the position formally, the group decided to release the report anyway.

 It believes the city could save up to $4 billion with its plan to salvage the project.

 It does acknowledge that the trains would have to be modified to add drivers and to give the cars a lower profile.

 HART believes the group is overstating the savings.

Salvage the Rail is preparing to launch its website and run ads as lawmakers begin to open the legislative session the day after tomorrow.

 The group hopes it can sway legislators to consider its plan B over rushing to extend the excise tax to pay for a very expensive plan A.