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Honolulu Elevated Commuter Rail Referendum on November 4

The Honolulu Advertiser reported the latest Hawaii poll show slipping support for the planned elevated commuter rail project for Honolulu which is subject to referendum on November 4.  According to the article, 51% support the project, 43% oppose, and 5% are undecided.  A major concern is the cost of the project and related impact on taxes.

To me, the major issue is that it is planned to be an overhead steel on steel system.  That means steel wheels on steel rails which in turn means lots of NOISE!  I remember how Boston tore their overhead steel on steel system down in 2005 and replaced it with a subway system to eliminate the awful noise problem.  Is Honolulu on "track" to replicate the problem experienced in Boston?  Today's technology allows alternatives to steel on steel.  It is unfortunate that those alternatives do not appear to be under consideration for the Honolulu system.  But hey, it's another reason to come visit Kauai or Maui where we have great beaches without the headaches of a big city.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • October 26 2008 12:57PM


Why would you even need something like that? The island isn't that big and I'm guessing traffic really isn't that bad even during "Rush Hour"

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Todd - I edited my post to make it clear that the project is for Honolulu where rush hour traffic is indeed a nightmare, similar to the Washingtod DC area & maybe worse.  Real estate agents plan their schedules so that they don't have to fight it during the morning and evening rush hours.  People on the other islands complain but traffic there is actually relatively light.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 10 years ago

Actually, "steel on steel" can be relatively quiet when built properly, certainly just as quiet as a cars on a freeway or jets overhead.

Proposition 1A here in California is for a high-speed rail system from here to L.A. to San Francisco/Oakland to Sacramento. I voted yes.

Hope your proposition passes.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

Russel - Well that's encouraging, I'm glad you passed it along.  One of the political figures tried to get the design changed to rubber wheels but she wasn't successful.  I believe only the people living on Oahu get to vote and from what I hear, they are very divided. 


Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 10 years ago

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