People welcome rail when they realize where it goes

People welcome rail when they realize where it goes
Published: Jul. 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 at 5:04 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Now that rail is becoming a reality many we spoke with have no idea where the route actually goes so we will show you the last seven stops in the more dense city center section starting here in Kapalama where 30 feet up will be a transit station.

The Kapalama station will be on Dillingham Boulevard in front of the Honolulu Community College.  The route goes half a mile toward Costco and Turns on Kaaahi Street.  Four buildings will be demolished to make way for the station that will be in front of the IHS women's shelter.

The next stop is Chinatown.  The station will be on Nimitz Highway between River and Kakaulike Streets.  Some of the businesses have already closed. The city also just started charging for parking there, trying to earn some revenue.

From there it's a short trip up Nimitz to the Downtown station between Bishop and Alakea near the Heco plant and Aloha Tower. It's also right in front of Harbor Square where Henry Sandoval lives.

"I know it's going up and there is going to be a transit station right here and probably going to be a lot of construction for the next five years," said Henry Sandoval.

The route gets off Nimitz and turns up the narrow Halekauwila Street.  The Civic Center station will be on Halekauwila between South and Keawe Streets which was welcome news to people who work in nearby Circuit Court.

"I would definitely use it. That would be great for me," said Billie Reeves, who lives in Makakilo and works at Circuit Court.

Half mile up Halekauwila is the Kakaako station.  It crosses Ward Avenue and gets a bit tricky going through Ward Village right where Christine Tamura is waiting for the bus.

"I heard it's going to be coming up soon and hopefully I can take the rail. It's taking too long for the bus right now," said Christine Tamura, who lives in Kailua and works in Town.

This station may change a bit to try and avoid hitting the Ross Store which shares a building with Sports Authority.  The rail then connects with Queen Street and goes through a few buildings to connect with Kona Street en route to the final destination.

That final stop is right next to Ala Moana Shopping Center.  Hart's early projections say this would be the busiest stop with 22,000 riders using this station a day, but before it opens in five years you may want to get used to seeing some more signs like the one up there now saying road closed.

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