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Honolulu Rail Survey Results

In May, we posted an online survey about the city’s rail project; 466 people responded, both subscribers and online readers.

Waipahu under rail: The elevated-rail route construction will begin in West Oahu. Here is a photo simulation by the local AIA.

photo: urban advantage inc.

The Results:

55% plan on using the rail system

55% support the city's rail project

51% of elevated-rail opponents support adding more buses

45% don't support the city's rail project 

15% spend 40 to 60 minutes commuting to and from work


Here’s what they had to say:

"Everybody will still drive."—Doug Welty, Aiea

"I’m eagerly awaiting the completion so I can use it."—Laraine Yasui, Pearl City

"To delay it any further would be terrible."—Lana Martinez, Kapolei 

“If you have children to pick up, how will rail help? It really only works if you’re going to destinations along rail.”—Stephanie Wong, Honolulu

"Less corruption and more competence, please."—Jim Pallett, Kailua

“I feel Hawaii needs rail as an alternative; so even though there are flaws, I still support it.”—Kapua Adams, Honolulu

"It’s not worth the money."—Dana Ware, Kapolei

Related Links:
Honolulu Rail Photos: Our streets now, and our streets with rail.
Feature Story: Honolulu Rail's Next Stop? 

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Jul 9, 2011 05:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Please no rail! I agree with opponents who say it will cost too much money; we don't have the population numbers to support it. I have never understood the argument that we should grab federal money now and figure out how to pay for the maintenance later. This is also a transportation system that is severely limited and doesn't go where it is really needed. It will be an eyesore forever, and there are alternatives that should be studied. That an inadequate EIS was submitted is perhaps the most worrisome.

Jul 28, 2011 01:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Rail could be a big windfall for tax income. By providing an alternate transportation method we could raise the automobile registration fee by 10 times as is done in Japan and make any car older than 10 years have a premium price to register it. This way you could either pay to have the car or use the transit. Either way it is a winning program for tax collection.

Jul 28, 2011 02:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oooh, Just like Mainland.

Jul 28, 2011 11:56 pm
 Posted by  melvyn shiroma

Do we really need rail? If you want to reduce the number of cars on the road all you have to is impound cars whose drivers have no insurance, no valid driver's license, no valid registration, no valid safety sticker, etc. Why do you think there are so many hit and run cases? It's because the driver did not have one or more of the above. The biggest hitch might be where to store the thousands of cars impounded. I think it's worth a try and much cheaper than rail!

Jul 29, 2011 12:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When UH is not in session traffic is considerably lighter. If the rail system does not go directly to UH you will not have the ridership necessary to sustain its afforability or use and traffic will remain the same or worsen due to unused rail structures that will be built only partway. It will then be too late to try alternatives(improve bus system)since all the attention and $$$ was used for the Phase 1 rail project. Phase 2 will never be built

Jul 31, 2011 03:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hawaii people have to realize that Oahu is in drastic need for an "Alternative" mode of transportation; meaning some other mode of transportation that does not share the roads with the cars, buses, trucks, etc. Oahu roads and freeways are over it's capacity and there is very little room to expand. It would probably cost the same amount of money and take the same amount of time to build the rail as it would to increase the capacity of the exiting freeways and roads. The key thing to remember is that we are on an island and land is a premium, so expanding the existing roadways is difficult. That's the reason for an elevated rail system. Having the rail extend to UH would be great but shuttle buses can transport students from Ala Moana to UH and back. There may be expansion in the future when a adequate route can be worked out. The City's bus fleet may increase to get people to the rail stations and back.

The key for the City is in the promotion the rail. Hawaii people are very reluctant to change, more so than other places. However, once there is buy-in Hawaii people tend to follow the crowd, jump on the bandwagon so to speak. A possible rise in vehicle registration or a tax may force people to use transit. One thing that will help is the increase cost of gasoline, which will come sooner then people think. When gas becomes $5 to $6 a gallons or more, the rail will look a lot more appealing.

For you environmentalist, the rail may also reduce pollution from cars as less people will be driving during rush hour when the pollution from vehicles are made. As for it being an "eye sore"... Oahu urbanized areas are filled with concrete buildings and structures. Not much views or vistas will be blocked for majority of the the rail route as there's already freeway overpasses and viaducts, buildings, and other existing structures. I could understand if the route went through the North Shore or another rural area of the island but not so in this case.

Will the rail be perfect? Probably not, nothing in life is perfect. But, it's a step in the right direction. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results (Albert Einstein).

Aug 22, 2011 05:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I do not want the rail!! I donot and will not pay taxes for the rail! A poll that had remarlable positive do want turns out was taken in Kailua area, why. The CEO live their whom have contracts involved. Why would you poll windward when they have no intention if EVER of using it!!!!
Why not make merges where thay should have always been. Why not install a turn left on green arrow at Kapiolani blvd? I know the answer C&County worker looses their job of every frickin morning putting out orange cones, then removing them and only to repeat this process 4x a day every day. Lose money install lights.
No wonder Hawaii is referred to as the Medevial state, or ass backwards.
Kewit is corrupt and has its hand in this.
I have lived here 40yrs and its just common sense fix the roads, expand merges and for heaven sake add another way in not just Kam and H1,H2.

Aug 22, 2011 05:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

change hours of state,C&C to ease traffic.
Open the stupid zipper lane to two or more, or just remove it. Initially we were sold a bill of goods, estimated some 1,000 hr. Not even close.
Why not look at other states see what works and what doesn't..Loke the Rail- Biggest loser ever yet.
Go back to school Hawaii,

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