Letter from Councilmember Pine re Ko Olina Bus Stop Removal

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

From: Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, Honolulu City Council, District 1
Date: November 21, 2014 at 12:41:12 PM HST
Subject: Ko Olina Bus Stop Removal

Dear Nanakuli Neighborhood Board Members and community members,

It has been reported to me that some misinformation was given at your recent meeting about my position on the Ko Olina bus stop removal. I am happy to clarify this information. The Director of the Department of Transportation Services will also be correcting the misinformation given by his staff.

Recently, my office was informed that the State Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services together decided to remove east and west bound bus stops near the Ko Olina overpass due to increased safety concerns and fatalities. I requested that prior to removal that the City Department of Transportation present their findings to the appropriate Neighborhood Boards to obtain community feedback.

I strongly object to the removal of any bus stop without a thorough community discussion. I have asked the City DTS to hold off on their planned removal date of December 8 while this discussion is taking place. I encourage you to give your thoughts on this issue to me and your fellow state elected officials of the area, Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Representative Andria Tupola, so that we can forward this information to the City and State transportation departments.

For many years, numerous complaints have come into City and State Offices from both drivers and bus riders or their families. Drivers complain that they are unable to see the bus stop going toward Waianae until you have cleared the overpass. A high speed merging lane onto the freeway at the same location causes drivers to focus on the merge instead of noticing a city bus stopping in front of them. This has caused multiple collisions and sadly a collision that just occurred last month led to the death of one of our very own Waianae residents.

Riders and their families have also expressed worry about their safety. Since riders getting off at this stop often head to the Ko Olina resort area, instead of taking the longer route to hike up a hill and walk over the overpass, they often cross the highway illegally. New persons stopping there for the first time are just not aware of the safer walk route and also take the freeway path to and from the hotels. This practice has led to the fatality of a Ko Olina worker.

While the City and State continue to review this issue, I have asked Ko Olina Resorts and its stake holders to consider offering a shuttle service for its workers and guests as they ultimately are responsible for the safety of the persons who enter and leave their property.

If you want to comment on this issue, please call me at 768-5001 or email me at kmpine@honolulu.gov. I continue to be honored to be at your service.

Best Wishes,

Kym

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine
Honolulu City Council, District 1
530 South King Street | Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: 808.768.5001
http://www.councilmemberpine.com
http://www.facebook.com/Kymberly.Marcos.Pine

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Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 222
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-7793
FAX: (808) 586-7797
Email: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com
or senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Representative Andria Tupola
State House District 43
http://www.andriatupola.com/contact