Posted by: loomisisc | December 29, 2009

Architects Support Elevated Rail, Avoid ‘Total Driver Misery’

Adding to the fragility of the anti-elevated rail argument by some local architects on Dec. 16th, the Honolulu Advertiser ran this letter,  ELEVATED SYSTEM OFFERS BEST CHOICE, over the weekend that was signed by a dozen architects. They wrote:

“As architects working on the project, we have followed the process and support elevated rail. The Advertiser editorial correctly points out that an at-grade system has many shortcomings and is less suitable for Honolulu. These are the issues that we, as architects, face in the design of any project. The at-grade issue was studied by experts and rejected years ago.”

Among the shortcomings of at-grade rail transit for O’ahu, is that of traffic congestion by the train on main roadways. And as Hawaii Public Radio’s Ben Markus reported today, our roads are bad enough.  “Hawaii is ranked as one of the worst states in the ‘Total Driver Misery index.’ It was compiled by the editors at Automobile Magazine, ” said Markus. “They looked at everything from cost of car registration to bad roads.”  Listen Here!

Click Image for link to Automobile Magazine's Index.


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