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ISLAND VOICES: WHO WILL RIDE THE RAIL?


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The rail route lacks the population needed to support the service

By Dennis Callan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2012

~~<p>The biggest problem with rail is that Leeward Oahu does not have enough people living near the proposed stations, which would result in very low ridership and therefore have little impact on traffic congestion. Rail transit requires concentrated populations to support it, living and working in walking distance of the stations, but we do not have that along the proposed rail route.</p>
<p>Our analysis of the 2010 Census shows an average population density of only 12 residents per acre living within half-mile of the 15 proposed stations from Kapolei to Kalihi, while planning standards suggest 45 residents per acre are required for an effective rail system, as explained in a recent study by city planners at the University of California-Berkeley. Their study concludes that cost-effectiveness for rail transit requires &quot;dense concentrations of people and jobs around transit stations &hellip; of approximately 45 residents per gross acre,&quot; and even &quot;light rail needs about 30 residents per gross acre&quot; to be justified. Our study and supporting documents, including a short movie, can be found at <a span="" style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://honolulutraffic.com" target="_blank">honolulutraffic.com</a>.</p>
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The biggest problem with rail is that Leeward Oahu does not have enough people living near the proposed stations, which would result in very low ridership and therefore have little impact on traffic congestion. Rail transit requires concentrated populations to support it, living and working in walking distance of the stations, but we do not have that along the proposed rail route.

Our analysis of the 2010 Census shows an average population density of only 12 residents per acre living within half-mile of the 15 proposed stations from Kapolei to Kalihi, while planning standards suggest 45 residents per acre are required for an effective rail system, as explained in a recent study by city planners at the University of California-Berkeley. Their study concludes that cost-effectiveness for rail transit requires "dense concentrations of people and jobs around transit stations … of approximately 45 residents per gross acre," and even "light rail needs about 30 residents per gross acre" to be justified. Our study and supporting documents, including a short movie, can be found at honolulutraffic.com. Login for more...



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