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City completes court-mandated study on rail project

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:34 p.m. HST, Jun 06, 2013

Honolulu has completed a supplemental environmental study in response to a federal judge’s ruling on the city’s rail project.

The study says a Beretania Street tunnel is feasible but not prudent because of its “extraordinary costs” and long-term construction impacts. It also says the project won’t “substantially impair” any of Mother Waldron Park’s recreational uses.

The judge said Honolulu failed to adequately consider building a Beretania tunnel as part of an alternative route. He also said the city didn’t properly evaluate whether the rail project would constructively use the park in Kakaako. 

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said today the authority and the Federal Transit Administration prepared the draft environmental impact statement to address those issues.

A public hearing on the draft will be held July 9. 

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adri1456 wrote:
Now can we continue with the construction before it balloons out of control? We don't need more lawsuits or blockades or whatever. I'm getting tired of sitting in traffic.
on June 6,2013 | 04:37PM
houdini wrote:
Damn the torpedoes!
on June 6,2013 | 04:56PM
jusjoking wrote:
So sorry you sit on the bus in traffic too long. After you consider how much the rest of Oahu's population has to pay for your comfort, hopefully you appreciate what you get at other's expense. Oh, and no grumble about not living near where you work.
on June 6,2013 | 04:57PM
what wrote:
Rail will not shorten the amount of time you sit in traffic, which is why I have criticized constantly criticized rail advocates. I am not completely against rail, but I am against the vast amount of ignorance that prevails among Honolulu residents about rail. As I feared, city leaders are completely abandoning any attempt to upgrade the traffic infrastructure in this city. They are are sadly putting so much focus on rail, and neglecting other improvements, that we are doomed.
on June 6,2013 | 11:33PM
hybrid1 wrote:
The city has said that traffic will be worse on H-1 with the $6 Billion Rail..................................... Table 3-12, City Alternative Analysis:...Screenline: Kalauao Stream Koko Head bound: H-1 Highway capacity: 9,500 vehicles per hour (vph)............................... H-1 Observed Traffic volume = 10,960 vph :.... Vehicle overload = 10,960 minus 9,500 = 1,460 vph..= 115 percent above highway capacity = traffic gridlock.......................................... H-1 Forecast volume with rail operating Kapolei to Ala Moana Center: = 17,209 vph................H-1 Vehicle Over load = 17,209 minus 9,500 = 7,709 vph................................. Conclusion: With rail operating from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, H-1 traffic overload at H-1/H-2 merge in year 2030 = 7,709 vph overload divided by 9,500 vph capacity = 180 percent above existing highway H-1 capacity = massive gridlock.In other words, . The year 2030 West Oahu commuter DEMAND is 15,000 people per peak hour above the existing highway capacity according to the City's Alternative Analysis. .. The reckless $7 Billion rail carries only 3,000 people per hour (70% Standees) so this leaves a shortfall of 11,000 west Oahu commuters per hour which will still need transportation to downtown via H-1 freeway, Moanalua Hwy and Kam hwy............................................... ...........By comparison, a single, 2,000 vehicle capacity HIGHWAY LANE or zipper lane can easily move 150 BRT buses per hour which represents15,000 people , (equivalent to 12,500 cars per hour which frees up 6 freeway lanes). Competition for freeway lanes will be eliminated when BRT Buses are used from all points on Oahu and without rail. The FEDS fund 80% for new buses. Express BRT buses will travel non-stop from each Leeward town to downtown. ..............Finaly, the 9th circuit will ston the Rail in August based on Slater/Cayetano appeal..............See Honolulutraffic.com
on June 6,2013 | 05:04PM
jomama wrote:
traffic will be worse than today with or without rail. But better with rail than otherwise.
on June 6,2013 | 08:01PM
beachbum11 wrote:
It is already out of control.Did you not know that? The cost over runs will put the city into bankrupt.
on June 6,2013 | 05:13PM
kiragirl wrote:
You WILL sit in traffic for many more years. After rail is built, you WILL still sit in traffic. You WILL then realize that the rail project was never about relieving traffic but for the construction industry and developers.
on June 6,2013 | 05:16PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Seriously, if the most costly project ever that Honolulu has encountered, do get started, you probably won't have to get tired of sitting in traffic because by than, you would be retired and never have to drive to work anymore. Just imagine, you as a taxpayer is helping to pay for this piece work, mere 20 mile project , that is estimated at $5,26 billion, more than the recently approved city operating budget of $2.16 billion for the coming 2014 fiscal year. Some people are sure making a lot of money from this rail project, thanks to the taxpayers.
on June 7,2013 | 01:38AM
aomohoa wrote:
Guess what, who is going prove the train cars when the company that is suppose to is in bankruptcy and has botching everything they touch. This what bribes get us. Didn't you read the paper yesterday? Of Course if you did your research you would know this company was not the best choice. The rail would have been going a little better if the hands weren't out taking in bribes.
on June 6,2013 | 04:49PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Comparing apples and mangoes aomohoa. High speed train in-between countries as compared to a drive less city rail. Please get together with the other antis to bring corruption charges against the criminal enterprise HART, otherwise you are just spewing libel BS.
on June 6,2013 | 06:12PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
NanakuliBoss wrote: "Comparing apples and mangoes aomohoa. High speed train in-between countries as compared to a drive less city rail."

How do you like them apples?

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on June 7,2013 | 07:37AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
What a fool you are - you really think this criminal enterprise we call HART will get rid of traffic? You can't be serious. The rail will be killed once and for all in Federal Court in August!
on June 6,2013 | 04:50PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Don't count on it. Come August it's full steam ahead. Enough already. More anti delays ,more cost. Panos gone,Berg gone,cayetano gone.....the people have spoken.
on June 6,2013 | 05:55PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
People were BOUGHT with a campaign of lies and false statements. Stay Tuned, the day of reckoning is coming -
on June 6,2013 | 08:32PM
BRock wrote:
People "bought?" Crock of kaka.
on June 6,2013 | 10:27PM
Wazdat wrote:
This RAIL project is a TOTAL JOKE and WASTE of taxpayers monies. What ever happened to the middle st. merge widening and the Nimitz flyover ???? What about FIXING the TRAFFIC PROBLEM. This Whole rail was JUST FOR THE DEVELOPERS.
on June 6,2013 | 05:27PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wazdatlikedat, when cayetaNO was governor, he could have solve the Middle Street merge, which was a problem way back then. He could have built the Nimitz flyover. Both State jurisdiction! But NO can do. Dats why he not mayor.
on June 6,2013 | 05:58PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Just hope Ben good luck anyway. Take care your health and family. I did vote for him twice. No regrets. It's just, times have changed.
on June 6,2013 | 06:15PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Good vision Nanakuli! Maybe if the city took that rail money ($5.26 billion) and invest in Middle Street and build the Nimitz flyover. Problem solved! Why Nanakuli, you're so akamai. Despite that being the state's jurisdiction, the city should kokua, since this will help relieve the traffic problem for the taxpayers. It shouldn't cost $5.26 billion to do this project will it?
on June 7,2013 | 01:49AM
WaialaeGuy wrote:
They say it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, but you guys find it more fun to curse the darkness.
on June 6,2013 | 08:11PM
localguy wrote:
What is this shibai? " the project won’t “substantially impair” any of Mother Waldron Park’s recreational uses." What is the USA recognized standard for "substantially impair"? What were the criteria used? Chances are it was up to the developer, read Grabby Boy and HART, to make the call. No way would they say anything not in support or rail. I'll believe it when I see it. So show us the proof.
on June 6,2013 | 08:21PM
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