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The purpose of the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project is to provide high capacity rapid transit in the highly congested east-west transportation corridor between Kapolei and UH Mānoa, as specified in the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan 2030 (ORTP) (OahuMPO 2007).

The project is intended to provide faster, more reliable public transportation service than can be achieved with buses operating in congested mixed flow traffic. It will provide reliable mobility in areas of the corridor where people of limited income and an aging population live and will serve rapidly developing areas of the corridor. The project will also provide additional transit capacity and an alternative to private automobile travel, as well as improve transit links within the corridor.

In conjunction with other improvements included in the ORTP, the Project will help moderate anticipated traffic congestion in the corridor. It also supports the goals of the City and County of Honolulu General Plan (DPP 2002a) and the ORTP by serving areas designated for urban growth.

The project will improve mobility for travelers who face increasingly severe traffic congestion, improve transportation system reliability, provide accessibility to new development in the Ewa-Kapolei-Makakilo area in support of the City’s policy to develop this as a “second city,” and improve transportation equity for all travelers.

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By Larry West, Guide

If you want to help reduce global warming, let alone air pollution, one of the best things you can do is to get out of your car.Walk or ride a bicycle for short trips, or take public transportation for longer ones. Either way, you will significantly reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions you generate each day. 

The Rising Environmental Cost of Driving Alone
Transportation accounts for more than 30 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), public transportation in the United States saves approximately 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline and about 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Yet only 14 million Americans use public transportation daily while 88 percent of all trips in the United States are made by car—and many of those cars carry only one person.

Added Benefits of Public Transportation
Consider these other benefits of public transportation:

  • Energy independence—According to, if just one in 10 Americans used public transportation daily, U.S. reliance on foreign oil would decrease 40 percent.
  • Safety—Riding a bus is 79 times safer than riding in an automobile, and riding a train or subway is even safer.
  • Health—Studies have shown that people who use public transportation regularly tend to be healthier than people who don’t, because of the exercise they get walking to and from bus stops, subway stations and their homes and offices.
  • Cost savings—According to an APTA study, families that use public transportation can reduce their household expenses by $6,200 annually, more than the average U.S. household spends on food every year.
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