State, City & Federal Officials Provide Traffic Improvement Update at Waianae Neighborhood Board Meeting on 4/5/16


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Nanakuli Sack N Save / Tesoro Bus Stops and Crosswalk

9452a87ebd5c4dbc99fb92ea47b1555fSen Shimabukuro 80AIn my meeting yesterday with the City and HART officials, we further discussed what will be happening with the crosswalks and bus stops at Sack N Save, along Farrington Hwy. in Nanakuli. For those of you who did not get this information at Tuesday’s Waianae Neighborhood Board meeting, here’s the recap:

Three options were discussed to address this crosswalk and bus stop location. As the State DOT moves forward with the contraflow project, this was flagged as the right time to also fix this intersection. The options discussed were:
1. eliminate both Mauka and Makai bus stops at Sack N Save
2. eliminate the Makai bus stop, and relocate the Mauka bus stop to Lualualei Naval Rd. intersection so pedestrians would have a traffic light to cross at
3. relocate the Mauka bus stop to Lualualei Naval Rd. intersection. Combine the KFC and Sack N Save bus stops into one stop and locate them Makai at the Lualualei Naval Rd. intersection so pedestrians would have a traffic light to cross at

After discussions with Mr. Langford (Chair, Nanakuli Neighborhood Board Transportation Committee), City and Bus officials, OPTION 3 was chosen as the best choice.

Signs and flyers will be posted when they begin the process of moving the bus stops further west to Lualualei Naval Rd. intersection, and hopes are that this will make a much safer road crossing for all pedestrians who utilize these stops.

Additionally, there will be new traffic cameras installed at 4 Nanakuli intersections: Nanakuli Ave., Piliokahi Ave., Haleakala Ave., and Helelua St.

Thank you to the City for finally hearing our worries with the fatalities and accidents that this bus stop location has caused in recent years!

Bus & Rail Inter-Relation Update

DTS - HART mtg 4-7-16 (2)Today I met with City and HART officials to bring up concerns regarding the Rail and the bus route interaction and integration as we move further along. As a regular bus rider, this issue is very near and dear to my heart.

Constituents expressed concerns that once the Rail began functioning, bus routes may be cut entirely or severely cut back to encourage Rail ridership. HART and DTS both stated that routes may change as the Rail and Bus are integrating into one cohesive system. They added that it will be a gradual process and any changes (or cuts) to routes will require public discussions and consultation.

With the first 10 miles (from the Kroc Center to the stadium) currently scheduled to be completed sometime around the end of 2018/early 2019, these route changes and adjustments are on the horizon, and are still in the discussion phase.

Some other topics that came up:

-Some neighborhoods may see increased Bus service once the Rail starts running, as population increases, new routes are necessary, and demand increases.
-The Rail cars are about the length of the articulated buses, and 4 Rail cars can carry between 800-1000 people at a time.
-The estimated ride time from the Kroc Center to the Stadium is 20 minutes, and once completed, from the Kroc Center to Ala Moana approximately 42 minutes.
-The full Rail system is expected to be completed (from Kroc Ctr to Ala Moana) in 2022/2023.
-The new Transit Center (near LCC) will have PV solar power to help generate electricity for their operations and maintenance in that building.
– Passengers will be allowed to bring strollers, car seats, bikes, luggage, coolers, and even surfboards under 10′ onto the rail
– The rail will have free wifi
– Wheelchairs will be allowed on the rail

For more information visit:
http://www.honolulutransit.org

Photo caption: L-R, Eileen Mark (City – Mass Transit), Sandra Abelaye (City – DTS), Mark Garrity (City – DTS), Sen. Shimabukuro,
Brennon Morioka (HART), Jon Nouchi (HART), and Ryan Tam (HART).