HART unveils plans for stations at Kakaako end of rail line

HART unveils plans for stations at Kakaako end of rail line
Published: Oct. 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Area Rapid Transportation officials showed off new renderings for the final four stations at the Honolulu end of the city's rail line.

The final four stations include the Downtown Station at Nimitz Highway and Bishop Street; the Civic Center Station, near the intersection of Halekauwila and South Streets; the Kakaako Station, near Halekauwila and Ward Avenue; and the Ala Moana Station, the end of the line.

"The reason we're here si to let folks give us input, tell us what they like, tell us what they don't like, or tell us what they'd like to see added," said HART CEO Dan Grabauskas.

Grabauskas said all the stations will have elevators, as well as closed circuit cameras for security. He also assured people that the stations will have restrooms available for riders while the rail is in operation.

Potential riders were also able to weigh in with their suggestions, if they had any.

"I'm agreeable with what they're planning and I wouldn't change anything," said downtown area resident Joan Davis, who added that she's followed the process closely.

However, others were concerned about the large size of the stations, and even about the overall cost of operating the rail system once it is completed. That would include the cost of the stations as well.

"I'm very concerned about the art and the displays they're going to do. I don't think those are going to last," said Manoa resident Linda LeGrande, who said she would probably use the Ala Moana Station. "I think there's going to be some graffiti going on in some of the outer stations."

HART said it has already completed the design process for 13 other stations for the West Oahu portion of the rail system. It will take the suggestions made at this session for Downtown and Kakaako and come back a few months from now with updated designs.

HART will show designs for the next four stations -- Chinatown, Iwilei, Kapalama and Kalihi -- in another meeting Thursday night at Kalihi Kai Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.

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