Thursday, August 7, 2014

HART: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Similar to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and quite different. In both systems one takes a train for transportation. Both are acronyms. However, BART apparently is also a verb; "BART and you're there." Examples of more substantive differences between HART and BART probably exist...

Honolulu Rail Transit: official website of HART:

Route map of planned light rail system for Honolulu area:
Route is dark line with numbered white circles that indicate stations. The southern terminus is currently Ala Moana Center. The route does not extend to include Waikiki Beach or the University of Hawaii. Both are off the map to the south. Click source link below for enlarged view of this map.

The Honolulu light rail mass transportation project has recently begun construction. With a 55 mph top speed for trains in some sections between stations, it has a projected 42 minute end-to-end ride time. A large percentage of its approximately 20 miles of rail corridor and 21 train stations have not been completed... or as-yet started.

Completion Date of Rail Project
Aloha... [Mr. QwkDrw -- ] Thank you for your email message. The interim opening of the first 10 miles (East Kapolei station to Aloha Stadium station) is projected to be completed by 2017. The full 20-mile system will open in 2019. Mahalo -- HART
Source: eMail message from Honolulu Transit, 8.4.2014

Honolulu International Airport Station -- Station #11 -- HART design rendering

Planning note from HNL to LAX (hypothetically): When your major, sprawling, huge urban community plans a light rail mass transportation system, it's a GOOD thing to include a train station at most international airports. This is actually a not entirely untrue opinion of QwkDrw.

Honolulu Rail: Column construction continues in western countryside for elevated railway.

(With apologies to The Beatles.) Pineapple fields, forever...

Honolulu Rail: Column construction moves from countryside into more urbanized areas.
(Excerpt) "Construction is rolling along with more than 115 concrete columns completed from Kualakai Parkway in east Kapolei to Farrington Highway in Ewa just past Fort Weaver Road.

Crews are now stationed along Farrington Highway on the west end of Waipahu conducting drill work in preparation for underground shafts to support the columns...

As major rail construction now shifts into residential and commercial areas, HART and Kiewit ask residents, business owners and drivers for their patience and understanding while driving through construction work zones." Source: eBlast, 8.1.2014

Honolulu Rail: "eBlast" weekly update newsletter:
Sign up for the Honolulu Rail Transit newsletter to get more information about the project, news, construction updates, and information on upcoming events.
Source: HART Weekly eBlast

AIA Honolulu Speaks Out
(Excerpt) "[American Institute of Architects] AIA Honolulu urges the City Administration and Honolulu City Council to select a light rail transit solution -- to purchase light rail technology that is capable of running at street level (at-grade) or elevated (above-grade) or cost-permitting, underground (below-grade) to accommodate the particular conditions within each of our communities on Oahu. Completely elevated third rail technology as currently planned by the City should not be our only option. We must adopt a system that is the best possible one to meet the long term needs of the citizens of Oahu."
Source: AIA Honolulu

Current Price Tag: $5.16 Billion
One commenter on the source article linked below (David Ketzenberger, 2/18) paradoxically asks:
(Excerpt) "The $5.16 billion rail transit project received a green light but what about the 3 billion dollar rail [transit project] that voters 'voted' on? What's the status of THAT rail project?"


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