From The Star Advertiser: A little over a year ago, I wrote a published article advocating a “Plan C” for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Here are my thoughts for an updated “Plan C+” for HART.
Built a world-class terminus and transfer station at Lagoon Drive. This location is already recognized by the Federal Transit Administration and HART in the current recovery plan as “the most practical location to transfer to and efficiently route connecting rail-access services.”
Provide a fleet of express buses serving Chinatown, Downtown, Kakaako, Ala Moana, Waikiki and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Extend the western terminus of the system into Kapolei, where riders could be served by local buses, secure parking and bicycle access. This would add the number of potential riders, which will help the bottom line.
This Plan C+ will preserve jobs and, if curated properly, will save the FTA grant.