Bathroom relief awaits future rail riders

Bathroom relief awaits future rail riders
Published: Jun. 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Unlike bus riders who had to wait more than eight months for a restroom at the Alapai Transit Center, future Honolulu rail riders will have somewhere to go. There will be at least one unisex bathroom at each of the 21 rail station.

At the City Council meeting this week some passed concerns about a lack of bathrooms at the rail stations, especially since Hart predicts nearly 120,000 people will ride the train every weekday by 2030.

"For kids young age like 5 or 6 years old they cannot hold it. They have to go," said Annette Gracioza, who was waiting for the bus with her two sons and three nieces.

"They got elderly people over here, they got people with all sorts of disabilities that need to use the restroom and when they got to go they got to go. It's something you can't hold back," said Willie Ward, of Makiki.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) agrees.

"We have made the decision as part of our project that all of our stations will have at least one bathroom and a couple of our busier stations we have made provisions for male and female bathrooms, the rest will be unisex," said Dan Grabauskas, HART CEO.

Some stations will have facilities on both sides.

"If there are two platforms on the station then each side will have a bathroom," said Grabauskas.

The bathrooms won't be open to the general public, but only to paying passengers.

Hart has met with the Disability and Communication Access Board to ensure everything is ADA compliant.

Cameras will monitor activity from the outside of restrooms. Features at the transit stations can still change. There have been change orders on various issues.

It will take about 40 minutes to go from end to end on the train. Some we spoke with say that's not that long and bathrooms aren't necessary at every stop especially since they will cost money to maintain.

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