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Rail transit agency seeking public's input on Aiea, Pearl City stations

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:01 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013

Managers of Honolulu's planned rail line will hold a community meeting next week to discuss the latest designs for stations in Pearl City and Aiea areas.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will host a meeting Tuesday evening at Pearl Ridge Elementary School.

Designs for the Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge and Aloha Stadium rail stations will be discussed.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is among those planning to attend.

He says giving the public opportunities to provide feedback on station design is part of his goal to "build rail better."

He says the stations will not only be rail stops but they will be new centers of their communities.

Community meetings have already been held for West Oahu and Waipahu station designs. Meetings for urban Honolulu stations are scheduled for later this year.

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Mythman wrote:
How many cities are there in the US of A? Calculate how many "transit centers" and rail lines and bus lines there are in those cities funded with federal dollars and taxes - kinda gives u an idea of why the government is in deep debt and why taxes are so darned excessive. And we are so lucky these local elected officials are "giving" us these new things to enrich our lives. Double meaning on the word "en rich". How did this madness start and when will it end?
on October 5,2013 | 10:14AM
It started witht he introduction of CREDIT-it will not end until there a total financial meltdown of our economy. The world needs a total collapse in order to start over. it wont be pretty, but it is a mathmatical inpossibility to continue the same route we are on now and survive financially.
on October 5,2013 | 10:22AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hahaha aha
on October 5,2013 | 12:30PM
pakeheat wrote:
I guess you agreed NB
on October 5,2013 | 01:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Since when does the government listen to the public? We already voted No to same gender marriage on O'ahu and it got tossed into the wind.
on October 5,2013 | 05:46PM
hapaguy wrote:
As usual sloppy reporting by the SA. The article says Tuesday evening BUT WHAT TIME TUESDAY EVENING?
on October 5,2013 | 10:34AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I thought we already had the "Do you want the awning to be light blue or light, light blue" meetings with Mufi's boys years ago.
on October 5,2013 | 06:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Don't need these meetings as u guys already won.
on October 5,2013 | 10:43AM
wondermn1 wrote:
If these meeting are going to be like the ones they held for the Waipahu transit stations. No need to go all they do is listen to those who are pro-RAIL with their hands in the money pot. these meeting are just for show so the Dems can let you know- well we held meetings BS WAKE UP HONOLULU AND STOP THIS BOONDOGGLE RAIL IN ITS TRACKS. Who is going to ride it R U??? who is going to pay R U ??? who wants their wife to ride it with the perverts and thugs do U?????
on October 5,2013 | 01:01PM
syhud wrote:
wondermn1 you are on the money. Being how brazen criminals are lately the rail will be their next place for them to carry out their crimes. Easy pickings with no security onboard, just cameras?
on October 5,2013 | 03:03PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The final thing would be antis to lie across the tracks when rail is launched. Please select the elevated portion in the Ewa cane fields, so that the carcass can drop down to the farm land to enrich the soil. So your legacy can live on.
on October 5,2013 | 04:40PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Hey, NB. Do you not know this is America? Why the heck do you want to stifle opposition or criticism to Rail? Rail is already a done deal. Obamacare is already a law.. But this is America. People still have the right to voice their opposition to Rail or Obamacare no matter if it is already a done deal.

By the way, what do you care about what is going on here in Oahu? What island are you at, NB? Not in Oahu. Not in Nanakuli. You keep butting in on a matter that is of no concern to you. Why?
on October 5,2013 | 10:11PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Only a person who does not live in Oahu will write this -
NanakuliBoss wrote: Ask people going westbound on H1 how the zippers causing a massive jam. Want to see a mess? 0745 hrs. H1 Pearl City, both ways. on September 19,2013 | 03:24PM http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorialspremium/letterspremium/20130919_Letters_to_the_Editor.html?id= 224358181
on October 5,2013 | 10:16PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Zippers, NB? Zippers?

Massive jam - Both ways, NB? BOTH WAYS and At 0745 hrs, NB?
on October 5,2013 | 10:23PM
mcc wrote:
Don't build it! Now HART has my input!
on October 5,2013 | 10:48AM
wondermn1 wrote:
IRT mcc- agree
on October 5,2013 | 01:02PM
localguy wrote:
Before we start talking design, lets talk about how long the materials used for the stations will last and how much routine maintenance will cost. Are the best materials being used, stainless steel, etc, or are we using cheap steel requiring constant repainting and replacing after rusting out. My money is on the cheap steel so more money to HART bureaucrats bonus. The flimsy canvas material used for shade cloth has "CHEAP" written all over it. So where will the rain water drain? Are all painted surfaces on walls and supports going to be treated with a graffiti resistant finish for easy removal? Is the paint urine resistant for all the homeless when they pee all over the place? Just a thought.
on October 5,2013 | 11:12AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Anything public will have to be cheap, as we all notice in the restrooms at City Parks, that they don't have Toilet Seat Covers, for example, because the authorities know the homeless will rip them off. However, if the Stations and hence the Trains go all out, and go for the gusto as far as luxury, then maintenance will by necessity have to be expensive. Do what u guys like, does not bother me.
on October 5,2013 | 11:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
...not only be rail stops but they will be new centers of their communities....

Go out and play at the train station kids, it's the center of our community!

on October 5,2013 | 11:54AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hahaha aha ababa.
on October 5,2013 | 12:32PM
wondermn1 wrote:
Dems for RAIL and the spend, spend, spend mentality great program if your on welfare but NOT IF YOU WORK FOR A LIVING.
on October 5,2013 | 01:04PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So welfare works on the rail? So workers who work for a living don't work on the construction? So rail and welfare is the same? Hahaha. The article is about input on the PC stations, not whining crying and beaching.
on October 5,2013 | 04:34PM
wondermn1 wrote:
Kiewit Pacific is bringing in all of its workers from the mainland ad is not hiring locally like they promised
on October 6,2013 | 02:46AM
false wrote:
Hey where's Wiliki? Oh I forgot, he doesn't get paid to blog on weekends.
on October 5,2013 | 01:46PM
kahuku01 wrote:
What does the general public know about a transit center. Giving the public opportunities to provide feedback is a bunch of hogwash. It's a done deal, because HART will do it their way or the highway. Comments and suggestion by the common people will be heard but not incorporated into the plan. This is the job of the highly paid rail authority and design engineers. These meetings are just for formality, government going through the normal pampering motion and process.
on October 5,2013 | 02:37PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The rip off continues ................ why do we need 3 train stations so close together? It makes no sense unless you're a contractor building it.
on October 5,2013 | 03:23PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The beaching continues.
on October 5,2013 | 04:35PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Do you mean the huge waves or beaching with an i?
on October 5,2013 | 07:21PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Discussion on what is already decided.
on October 5,2013 | 03:25PM
Pukele wrote:
I'd like to know the following: Show us every penny spent so far on the project - tells us how the city will pay for the project when the bids for segments 3 and 4 come in over budget - please explain the plan to move over 30,000 bus riders to rail - tell us how much you need to raise the bus fare because of rail - show us how you build the rail columns when pile driving is needed for the underground supports - finally, tell us how much you need to raise our property taxes to pay the annual operating and maintenance for rail.
on October 5,2013 | 03:42PM
islandsun wrote:
Don't bother with a public meeting. Just get it over with. The Seirra Club is useless and prominent Hawaiians sold out already. Get on with it.
on October 5,2013 | 06:48PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do they serve refreshments at these meetings?
on October 5,2013 | 07:05PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Maybe, but sure serve a bunch of garbage.
on October 5,2013 | 07:22PM
wondermn1 wrote:
Yes, BS soda, but its only for the Union thugs and the bankers from first European bank
on October 6,2013 | 02:44AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Funding of rail construction with the Rail Tax is in big trouble.

A year ago as of June 30, 2012 the total amount of rail tax collected since Jan.1 2007 was $905 million. And Grabauskas bragged "Passing the $900 million mark in GET-generated revenue shows that the financial picture for our rail project remains strong

But today, the HART Financial Status Update of 7.2013 reports that as of July 31 the total GET surcharge collected or committed to date is only $701 million. After the 4th quarter of 2012 (April-June 2012) totalled $905 million the question is why is it $701 million a year later?

on October 5,2013 | 11:00PM
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