Transit Public Hearings Set
Public hearings are being held in four locations to give the city council public input on which "preferred alternative" it should adopt for further mass transit planning and action. Essentially, three possible alternatives are before the Council, selected from those in the City's "alternatives Analysis":
- #3, A 17 mile fixed rail guideway, from Waiawa, via Kam Hwy past the airport, under Hotel St. through Downtown, to Waikiki and UH Manoa. Total system capital cost $1.425 billion, annualized cost $254.5 million, combined bus-rail daily ridership in 2005, 254,600. (City administration's Res. 90-284).
The Council's resolution was recommended by Gary Gill's Com. on Transportation and Econ. Dev. after a June 6 hearing at which League and about a dozen other organizations and individuals testified against Res. 90-284 and urged further study of non-rail alternatives. There was virtually no testimony in favor of rail.
The entire Council then passed Res. 90-284 CD-1 out for Public hearing. The hearings will include both this resolution and the original 90-284. Hearings are scheduled as follows:
- 410, a 6.3 mile starter fixed rail guideway, from Middle St., under Hotel St. through downtown, to Waikiki (with possible extensions to Aloha Stadium, Kahela Hall, and UH). Basic segment's total system capital cost 9948 million, annualized cost $201 million, daily ridership 255, 100. (City Council's Res. 90-284 CD-1).
- #2, an all-bus system with "traffic system management" (TSM) measures included, to be given further study and expanded from that described in the City's "alternatives analysis" to include one or more exclusive bus guideways, and exclusive lanes on existing public hwy "to enable a more meaningful comparison than presently available of the bus mode against the rapid transit mode". Capital cost of the TSM-bus system 9383 million, annualized cost $152 million, daily ridership 229,600. (Also in City Council's Res. 90-284 CD-1)
CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA
45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr.
TUESDAY, JULY 10 - 7PM
Council- Chamber, 3rd Floor 530 s. King St.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 - 7 PM
WAIPAHU HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA 94-1211 Farrington Hwy.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 - 7 PH
KALANI HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA 4680 Kalanianaole Hwy
MONDAY, JULY 16 - 7 PM
LEAGUE MEMBERS ARE URGED TO TESTIFY
AT THE MOST CONVENIENTLY LOCATED HEARING.
FINAL COUNCIL ACTION TO SELECT A
"LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE"
WILL BE TAKEN ON JULY 25.
Chair Planning & Zoning Com.