I have been a big supporter of Honolulu's Lite-Rail project from way back when. It has taken so long to get this system going, I now have to wonder why we are not simply putting in more freeways? Our transportation department drilled a hole through the mountain that runs down the center of the island (Oahu), three times and each time they did they connected it to the only freeway we had, which is H1. They widened the road from Hawaii Kai and also connected it to H1. A newer (H2 twenty+ years old) freeway comes down the mountain from central Oahu and guess which highway they connected it to? Yup...H1.
Needless to say H1 is a mess from 5 AM to 10 AM, anytime around lunchtime, and then from 2 PM to 6:30 or 7 PM.
I guess my question is, how much will a rail system help our traffic? Doesn't it make sense to to build a new freeway system, one where you can get from one freeway to the other without simply being dumped into an already snarled traffic situation on the only existing cross town freeway?
We can call the AR Express. It sould start downtown and end downtown and go all the way around the entire island. This will cut traffic congestion by 50% as long as it has four lanes in both directions.
Has rail worked to cut congestion in your city?
...sent via iphone, sitting in traffic...