President's Message (Piilani Kaopuiki)|
Rail Proponents Turn Down Prime Time on Television (Pearl Johnson)
PBS's Island Insights Hosts League (Pearl Johnson)
Rail Plan Information on the Internet (Pearl Johnson)
Ah Quon McElrath Addresses League (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Rail vs Bus Decision Coming (Charles Carole & Pearl Johnson)
Rail vs Bus Decision Coming
In December, the City Council passed Bill 79 designating a fixed guideway for rail OR BUS as the Locally Preferred Alternative for mass transit in Honolulu. The route chosen is from Kapolei to UH-Manoa with a Waikiki branch. Mayor Mufi Hannemann has signed the bill.
The City Council is now discussing Bill 92 to select either bus or train as the technology for the city's Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project. Only Council members Kobayashi and Marshall have mentioned the possibility of using buses instead of trains on the fixed guideway.
A guideway for buses uses magnets imbedded in the road, allowing the road to be used by other vehicles. H-1 has such magnets for the zipper lane. Commuters drive over the magnets every day.
The elevated highway would be reversible for morning and evening commutes, with the possibility to accommodate Aloha Stadium traffic by making the lanes converge and then disperse from the Stadium.
Honolulu LWV supports the use of buses instead of trains on the fixed guideway for the following reasons:
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