Attorney Dennis Hwang offers a well reasoned argument as to why we need to build the rail to Ala Moana. Voices like his need to be heard and I’m happy to share this article with our readers. [Photo Info: The photo above is from the groundbreaking ceremony held in February 2011 and pictures Senator Daniel Akaka and the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Senator Inouye was a true champion of the project and his steady voice remains with us as we push forward. Photo courtesy of HART] “Should Honolulu build a $7 billion dollar rail system that stops at Middle Street, has perhaps half the ridership originally planned for and is a drain to operate? Lost riders include those from Leeward or Central Oahu who could get to downtown, Chinatown,or Ala Moana quicker by car or by bus rather than rail and then another bus at Middle Street. Airport tourists would hesitate to ride the rail to Middle Street, but might if it went to Ala Moana. Lost would be thousands of tourists and townies at …
It has been a remarkably busy three months since the beginning of the year. We broke ground on six stations in the East Kapolei to Waipahu corridor and the first four rail cars were delivered on-island. And, we finished the balanced cantilever aka the fly over of the H1 H2 merge – a very cool time lapse video of the construction can be seen here. Meanwhile, DPP-TOD presented the Ala Moana Neighborhood Final Draft to the public in early March. The notes and presentation from the meeting – this is a must-read for anyone interested in this area and what the plans are moving forward. A round up of news stories of particular note are below in chronological order. RAIL TAX EXTENSION The Honolulu City Council passed a bill extending the 0.5 percent surcharge on Hawaii’s 4 percent general excise tax until 2027 for the city’s rail transit project. News out just in the past day or two indicates this may not be enough to keep up with rising construction costs. If you follow real …
Progress has been made in construction and the process of planning for integrated communities. Why it’s important to press forward.
The process of creating a TOD neighborhood plan is lengthy and involved. One of the first benchmarks is an existing conditions report. The Halawa Area Transit-Oriented Development Existing Conditions Report was recently released by DPP-TOD and it provides interesting reading.
I came across this and was fascinated by the interactive functionality. Maybe we can do something like this here soon.
The week of October 12, 2015 there are two events worth paying attention to in regards to the rail project and associated TOD planning.
The Planning Commission will take public testimony today regarding the proposed changes to the existing zoning codes for the Westloch and Waipahu Depot station areas today. Once approved by the Planning Commission, the proposal will go to the City Council for final approval. Details: 1:30pm Wednesday September 30 550 S. King Street, Mission Memorial Conference Click for more information.