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Honolulu Commuters Want Your Input: What are Your Rail S...

Honolulu Commuters Want Your Input: What are Your Rail Station Must-Haves?

Let’s begin with a bit of word association. When you hear “Honolulu,” you probably imagine palm trees gently swaying in the wind along sunny beaches abutting the clear, cool ocean. While Honolulu is renowned for its lovely beaches and, of course, the famed Mai Tai, it is also notorious for its traffic. Bleary-eyed commuters are often at

Honolulu's Railway Begins to Take Shape near East Kapolei

Let's begin with a bit of word association. When you hear “Honolulu,” you probably imagine palm trees gently swaying in the wind along sunny beaches abutting the clear, cool ocean. While Honolulu is renowned for its lovely beaches and, of course, the famed Mai Tai, it is also notorious for its traffic. Bleary-eyed commuters are often at a standstill at the H1/H2 merge at the pre-dawn hour of 5:30am. Elevated light rail is the only sensible solution to Honolulu's congestion and commuters' frustration, but a heated debate continues even as construction has begun on the railway terminus in East Kapolei.

Recent developments, including a $1.55 billion Federal Funding Agreement signed following the death of Hawaii's beloved senator and rail advocate, Daniel K. Inouye, as well as a Federal Court decision, signal that construction will proceed, vociferous debate aside. As the line begins to take shape, piercing the skyline near rural East Kapolei, Oahu's residents should hold HART and Mayor Kirk Caldwell accountable by participating in the yet to be scheduled station design workshops. HART and Mayor Caldwell promised:

Oahu residents and commuters, voice your concerns, share your ideas! How might your station reflect your community through its architectural design? Will you walk or bike in the rain to a station without a park-and-ride? Which stations should have dedicated retail or other commercial spaces?

Commuters from other cities, what station-design ideas should Oahu residents encourage HART to incorporate from your city? Where you live, how do planners engage the public?

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Sunny Menozzi's military duties have taken her to diverse and exciting places, from Singapore to Arizona, South Korea to Afghanistan, and North Carolina to Hawaii. Sunny's travels inspired her interest in cities, especially how they function, the imp...

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