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Broken Zip Mobile shuts down zipper lane

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:28 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2014

Mechanical failure with the Zip Mobile shut down the zipper lane on the H-1 freeway eastbound Friday morning, causing major traffic snarls for morning commuters.

The problem was further complicated since the state Department of Transportation was unable to deploy its second Zip Mobile, which was sidelined before the New Year.

The zipper lane will be closed throughout the day and won't reopen until Tuesday morning. Monday is a state holiday honoring Martin Luther King.

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mcc wrote:
We can't work the zipper lane and we want to run a train...not going to work. What a bunch of losers running our City.
on January 17,2014 | 07:27AM
niimi wrote:
Because you're talking about the wrong agency. This is a State of Hawaii matter, not the County.
on January 17,2014 | 07:33AM
pcman wrote:
The zip lane should be a permanent fixture. The only things that should be changed are the in and out 'gates.' That's how they were when I lived in St. Louis, MO.
on January 17,2014 | 08:50AM
kennie1933 wrote:
I know what you're talking about. On some mainland freeways, the center lane is blocked off. In the morning, it flows one way, and in the afternoon it flows the other way to give the side of the freeway that has the most traffic an extra lane during rush hour. In retrospect, that might have been a good idea for H-1. Problem is that government does not plan for the future well. I moved to PC in the 60's when H-1 was being constructed. You could already see that development was going west with Mililani in its infancy stage back then. Someone thought well enough to build a freeway. Perhaps no one envisioned such massive growth? Well, at least there are some coming up with ideas....widening, increasing lanes (at the mercy of narrowing), etc. The only real solution is to put good jobs and higher education opportunities (UH-West Oahu) out there and make it meaningful to keep those who live in the west from having to travel on the H-1 in the first place.
on January 17,2014 | 09:28AM
twitter6 wrote:
Regardless if it is state or city, it is still incompetent government workers not having vision and a plan B. This is what happens when you have gov't workers pushing the same paper for the past 50 years. Clearly not progressive
on January 17,2014 | 08:55AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
fyi..it is not govt workers that maintain and run the zip mobile..it is run by the private contractor
on January 17,2014 | 10:08AM
Kealii wrote:
Yeah, those losers can't do anything right! 99% of the time the zipper lane is out of commission and only works 1% of the time! Wait what? I have my numbers backwards? Oh you mean the zipper lane works 99% of the time and is rarely out of service? Well that still is unacceptable! Since we're all perfect the zipper guys must be freaking perfect too! *sigh* Too many people here love to complain about every little thing and blow stuff out of proportion. Relax and loosen your britches!
on January 17,2014 | 01:22PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
exactly..too many complainers..we live in hawaii..everyone should be happy..or better yet..move..less people in traffic
on January 17,2014 | 01:32PM
Uh, yea, that IS why were getting a train.
on January 17,2014 | 02:40PM
Pocho wrote:
you all voted the Mayor in. Eat it!
on January 17,2014 | 07:29AM
niimi wrote:
The state had a reported $800 MILLION surplus. So why aren't we fixing mission-critical equipment on time?
on January 17,2014 | 07:32AM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
I believe someone wanted to have a 4 day weekend instead
on January 17,2014 | 07:49AM
kennie1933 wrote:
That thought crossed my mind....
on January 17,2014 | 08:46AM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
I think someone wanted to have a 4 day weekend instead.
on January 17,2014 | 07:53AM
moondog73 wrote:
Rail proponents look closely, this is your future. Bua ha ha!
on January 17,2014 | 08:05AM
haolecrab wrote:
If I recall, the State purchased the 2nd Zipper Mobile as a back-up in case the primary one failed. They also built a new "house" for the large animal and it cost big $$$'s. Reduntancy? At our expense, and today, a traffic nightmare. Just think what's going to happen when the choo-choo train breaks down/falls off the tracks....
on January 17,2014 | 08:16AM
kennie1933 wrote:
When I saw this on the news this morning, my first thought was....I thought they had a back up? Well, so much for that. It's like having a flat spare tire in your car.
on January 17,2014 | 08:48AM
paniolo wrote:
Same kind of daily gridlock going happen even with the Zipper Lane open if Koa Ridge is built.
on January 17,2014 | 08:23AM
mcc wrote:
That won't happen, they will all drive to catch the train, where they park, I don't know.
on January 17,2014 | 08:33AM
paniolo wrote:
The train going be pau way after Koa Ridge is built.
on January 17,2014 | 09:07AM
laachang wrote:
According to the radio this morning, the second zipper mobile has been "in the shop" since the "Holidays" awaiting the arrival of "a part". So if the breakdown this morning was due to failure of a different part on the operating mobile, COULD THEY HAVE GOTTEN THE PART FROM THE BROKEN MOBILE??????? Just saying....... Also the zipper hale was in "lock down" mode this morning when I passed---no mokes in safety vests sitting around.....but I blasted my car horn at them anyways cause I just know they were inside!! This state is pitiful.
on January 17,2014 | 09:33AM
kennie1933 wrote:
C'mon....that makes too much sense!
on January 17,2014 | 09:40AM
MakaniKai wrote:
laachang wrote: “no mokes in safety vests sitting around” Really? And you wrote this state is “pitiful” Well laachang a long time ago Haunani K.Trask said: “United Airlines has dozens of flights to the U.S. continent every day” And there my friend you don’t have to worry about mokes in safety vests sitting around – what an A $ $.
on January 17,2014 | 11:10AM
laachang wrote:
MakaniKai, sorry if the truth hurt your feelings.
on January 17,2014 | 12:29PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
those mokes in safety vests were probably laughing at you blowing your horn at them
on January 17,2014 | 01:34PM
MakaniKai wrote:
on January 17,2014 | 02:07PM
MakaniKai wrote:
@ laachang - You A$- $ume too much. LOL.
on January 17,2014 | 02:07PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
and that's exactly what they did..except that you can't take a part from the second mobile and replace it in the first mobile in 10 minutes..you certainly aren't a mechanic
on January 17,2014 | 06:04PM
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