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Transportation

The next meeting of the Transportation Committee will be on Tuesday, July 7, at noon, at the YWCA patio 1040 Richards St.

The following information was provided by the Department of Transportation:

Land Use Decisions - Although DTS activities are coordinated with the City's departments of General Planning and Land Utilization, cooperation between state and city agencies is difficult due to blur-red jurisdictional lines. The state as planner of major highways is in effect making land use decisions although the city is charged with the responsibility..

Role of DTS relating to transportation problems in the development of central Oahu or Ewa as the secondary growth center - DTS has worked with the planners regarding the traffic congestion at Waiawa where H-1 and H-2 merges. Plans are being made for location of a western terminus at Waiawa in conjunction with the proposed rapid transit system. The OR & L right-of-way as a transportation corridor between Ewa and downtown is unlikely due to distance from major destination points, twisting route and abutment of wildlife refuge. In anticipating additional traffic demands, the required projects are being placed on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) list. Construction programs for which federal assistance are available are selected from this list.

Park and Ride - Park and ride facility with provisions for kiss and ride are being worked on with Kaiser and Hawaii Kai neighborhood board.

Operating costs for bus and rail systems - DTS is optimistic that farebox receipts can cover operating costs of the rail system (and that in 20 to 25 years capital costs will be paid) if decision makers can be convinced that bus riders pay a fairer share. Higher ridership in recently implemented rail and bus systems has reduced the combined operating budget.

Peak traffic periods - DTS considers peak periods are from 6 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Due to limited re-sources - buses and funds to pay operators - standees on most buses cannot be avoided during these periods. Time savings can be offered as an incentive for public transportation over the automobile where travel by rapid transit is over a separate right-of-way, free of traffic and congestion.

Articulated buses - Out of eight, five are assigned to route 8 (Waikiki to Ala Moana) and two to Waianae coast express. One is usually in for maintenance or repair.

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