HART WEEKLY eNEWS
June 8, 2018
 
RISING GAS PRICES PUTS OAHU COMMUTERS ON WRONG END OF NATIONAL WATCH LIST
NEW APTA REPORT SAYS 
OAHU DRIVERS BURN
MORE  THAN $11,000 PER YEAR
IN COMMUTING COSTS

Oahu commuters stand to each save more than $11,000 per year just by switching to public transportation for their daily commute. That's according to the just-released Transit Savings Report compiled by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

In its June report, APTA calculates Oahu commuters would save $11,773 by commuting through public transportation versus driving and absorbing all of its associated costs such as gas, insurance, car maintenance, parking, depreciation, etc.
 
Of the top-20 U.S. cities with the highest public transit ridership, Honolulu ranks 7th in terms of the savings commuters would realize by making the switch, just behind Chicago ($12,135) and ahead of Los Angeles ($11,627). The national average annual savings of $10,160 marks the highest level in the Transit Savings Report for this year.
Adding to Honolulu's high cost of vehicle commuting is the cost of gasoline in Hawaii. According to the latest compilation by the American Automobile Association, the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Hawaii $3.724, second only to California's $3.726 per gallon.
 
As is stands today, Honolulu is already among leading cities in the U.S. in terms of public transit ridership.  The convenience, reliability, and accessibility of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project will add to Honolulu's transit capacity, making the money savings noted in the APTA report even more attainable for Oahu commuters.
 
HART & CEO ANDREW ROBBINS
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
VERGE HAWAII CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and its Executive Director Andrew Robbins are pleased to be participants in the 2018 Verge Hawaii Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The three-day event is scheduled for June 12 through 14.  In addition to the in-person summit, VERGE Hawaii is also featuring free online viewing of the entire event for those registered through VERGE Virtual.
In marking the 10-year anniversary of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which places a 100% renewable mandate on Hawaii's energy sector by 2045, Executive Director Robbins will speak about HART and its contributions to help Hawaii reach that mandate.

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project promotes environmental, economic, and social well-being by incorporating sustainability practices throughout its planning, design, construction and operations.  HART's proactive sustainability efforts will highlight and preserve our 'aina for future generations.
Public transportation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing an alternative to driving. Electric-powered rail technologies, like those used by the Honolulu Rail Transit Project, produce about 75% less in greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than private automobiles.  In addition to providing a clean energy alternative to driving, the Honolulu Rail Transit Project also will help preserve green spaces by facilitating focused development in the rail corridor and reducing carbon emissions related to transportation.
 
AIEA TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Construction on the Kalauao (Pearlridge) Rail Station continues and to keep that work on track, HART and contractor Nan, Inc. are temporarily re-routing night traffic in the area around the station.
Detours begin this Monday, June 11 between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am and are expected to be in place through Friday, June 29. 

Westbound traffic on Kamehameha Highway will be diverted onto Kaonohi Street (the corner near Anna Miller's Restaurant), left at Moanalua Road, left again at Hekaha Street (just before Waimalu Elementary School), before rejoining Kamehameha Highway.  

TheBus stop at Kanuku Street will not be serviced while the detour is in place. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the sidewalk on the eastbound side of Kamehameha Highway.

 
  BE PREPARED!
HURRICANE SEASON RUNS
THROUGH NOVEMBER
 
June marks the beginning of the six-month hurricane season in Hawaii and this year, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center is predicting three to six tropical cyclones and an 80-percent chance of near or above-normal tropical cyclone activity in Hawaiian waters.

HART, along with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, reminds you that now is the time to take necessary precautions to help keep you, your family, and property safe. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fast moving storm can leave you with as little as 4-5 days' notice of a storm's arrival. During that time, access to supplies such as food, water, medicine, gasoline, and other basic necessities can be limited as residents make a last minute rush to purchase these items. Additionally, should a storm impact our state, individuals, families and businesses are advised to prepare to be on their own for at least 14 days meaning, it is advisable to have a 14-day supply of the above mentioned necessities on hand before a storm arrives.

Here are a few online resources to assist you in increasing your hurricane preparedness:
 
The City & County of Honolulu:
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell:
The City & County of Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
The NOAA/National Weather Service:
             
"IT WASN'T RAINING WHEN
NOAH BUILT THE ARK."
-Howard Ruff (Economist, Author)
 
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