Skyline is the newest addition to the ʻohana of multimodal transportation options on Oahu. With TheBus, Handi-Van, and Skyline, travelers can easily connect their trips by bike, car, skateboard, motorcycle, or even on foot. The Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (HDTS) is expecting to receive the full section of the railway system from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium this summer, once safety tests have been completed and verified. The HDTS has been working hard to provide an efficient public transportation system that will help reduce traffic congestion on highways.
In an interview with Zoom, Morton, director of the city's transportation services, said that discussions about railroads often turn into debates about railroads versus other modes of transportation. The Honolulu Tariff Commission is currently seeking public input and testimony on future policies and rates for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project once it begins operating. Railroad advocates argue that the project will cause traffic congestion to increase more slowly than without it, will support the development of housing and commercial properties near train stations, and provide an alternative and coherent mode of transportation that will not be affected by accidents or traffic jams on the roads. The production of the current railroad line began to gain traction in late 2004 when Mufi Hannemann was elected mayor.
His campaign promises included a high priority to provide a rail system that would serve the Ewa Plain. Since then, much more has been developed than the Kroc Center around the western end of the railway line, including the University of Hawaii on West Oahu and some 2,500 homes in Ho'opili. The city's first nine train stations are scheduled to open on June 30th and will offer a view aboard the Skyline car between Aloha Stadium and East Kapolei. So what can you expect from this new rail system? And how much will it cost? Read on to find out!
What to Expect from Oahu's Rail SystemThe Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 20-mile elevated train project that aims to arrive on time, on budget and on schedule.
It will connect Kapolei to Aloha Stadium with nine train stations in between. The train will offer a comfortable ride with air conditioning and plenty of room for passengers' luggage. It will also feature Wi-Fi access so passengers can stay connected while they travel.
How Much Will it Cost?The cost of riding the Oahu rail system will depend on how far you are traveling. The fare structure is based on zones, with each zone representing a certain distance from one station to another.
The fare for each zone is $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for children under 12 years old. There are also discounts available for seniors, students, and people with disabilities. In addition to the fare structure based on zones, there are also daily passes available for purchase. These passes allow passengers to ride as many times as they want within a 24-hour period for a flat fee of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12 years old.
ConclusionThe Oahu rail system is an exciting new addition to our ʻohana of multimodal transportation options on Oahu. It promises to provide an efficient public transportation system that will help reduce traffic congestion on highways while also supporting the development of housing and commercial properties near train stations.
The cost of riding the Oahu rail system will depend on how far you are traveling but there are discounts available for seniors, students, and people with disabilities.