Honolulu, Hawaii- August 17th, 2010
At a debate last night (Hawaii Public Radio) Panos Prevedouros explained to former prosecuting attorney Peter Carlisle:
"The rail EIS estimates that rail will remove about 40,000 car trips (not cars) per day. On average, each car makes about 6 trips per day.
Therefore, by the city's own estimates, the rail project will remove
fewer than 7,000 cars from the streets. At a cost of nearly $6 billion,
this means that rail will cost nearly $1 million per car removed from
Prevedouros asked Carlisle, "How fiscally responsible is that?".
Mr. Carlisle's response: "It's not."
Only a politician can say that he values fiscal responsibility on one hand yet turn right around at the same debate
forum and admit the rail project he strongly supports is not fiscally
responsible. Watch the YouTube of this exchange.
-According to the city, each train can carry 300 people, and during the peak times, there is
expected to be one train every 3 minutes, for a total of 6,000 people
per hour on the peak direction. It is important to note that 4,000 of
these 6,000 passengers will be standees.
Managed freeway lanes,
such as HOT lanes, are designed to carry 2000 vehicles per hour per lane
at free flow speeds, and since they carry express busses and high
occupancy vehicles, the average occupancy would be well over 3 people
per vehicle, for a total of 6,000 people per hour per lane. (All of
Rail has the capacity of about one HOT lane. If
Honolulu builds three reversible managed lanes the capacity advantage of
the managed lanes is obvious.
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