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Frequently Asked Questions - Design

FAQs - Design
How fast will the trains travel?

Trains will have a top speed of 55 mph and an average speed of 30 mph (including the time spent stopped at stations).

Why was the elevated rail design selected for Honolulu?

After multiple studies evaluating which transit system would be best to link Leeward Oahu to downtown Honolulu, an elevated rail system, separated from ground transportation, was found to be faster, safer, and more reliable for on-time performance than alternatives built at ground level-and less expensive than an underground system.

Why is an elevated rail transit design safer and faster?

With elevated rail transit, the trains do not cross paths with cars or pedestrians at street level. As a result, trains don't get in the way of pedestrians and motor vehicles, and the street-level traffic doesn't interfere with the trains. This avoids the possibility of collisions between trains and pedestrians or motor vehicles at street level. Transit riders can be sure they will get to their destination on time, regardless of traffic conditions.

Why was steel-wheel on steel-rail technology selected?

"Steel-on-steel" technology is the most reliable, proven technology available as recommended by a panel of engineering and transit professionals. Oahu voters then specifically approved a steel-on-steel rail transit system in 2008. Honolulu's light-metro rail technology is different from the old heavy elevated rail lines in New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere. The new steel-on-steel system is quiet, smooth, efficient and uses one of the most advanced control technologies in the world.

Won't the steel wheels and rails have corrosion problems in Hawaii's environment?

No. Steel-wheels on steel-rail technology is being used successfully in many oceanside and island locales worldwide.

How many people can fit on the train?

Each four-car train can carry a passenger load of more than 800 people, which is greater than the load capacity of 10 City buses.

Are the trains air-conditioned or open-air?

All trains are air-conditioned.

What kinds of features are at the stations?

There will be a variety of features which will include escalators, elevators, stairs, bicycle racks, close-circuit security cameras, attendants, and interior/exterior safety lighting.

Are the stations going to be made accessible for people with disabilities?

The project will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation