HART and Hitachi Rail Run Small-Scale Exercise Drills in Partnership with City’s First Responders

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Media Advisory

As part of Trial Running, exercise drills will be held at Hālawa Rail Station this Tuesday and Thursday.

WHAT: HART and Hitachi Rail Small Exercise Drills with City and County of Honolulu First Responders

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29 2022 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DETAILS: As part of Trial Running of the first fully automated rail system in North America, HART and Hitachi Rail are running small-scale exercise drills in partnership with the City’s First Responders at the Hālawa Rail Station (Aloha Stadium Station) on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 29 between the hours of 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. No traffic impacts are expected.

The exercises allow rail personnel to practice hypothetical emergency scenarios in preparation of future rail service. While there will be personnel on the trains and at the station for these exercises, these events are closed to the public and the media for safety. Entry is limited to registered city personnel and Hitachi employees only.

There will be additional exercise drills throughout Trial Running, including a Full Scale Exercise in October.

HART urges the public to follow safety precautions and, when driving near the rail guideway, look ahead not overhead. Do not watch the trains or photograph the trains while driving, keep your attention on the road. The stations may look finished but are still active construction sites throughout the testing phase. For safety purposes, please avoid the stations. The rail system is powered by a “third rail” that runs alongside the rail tracks and carries over 750 volts of electricity, which is deadly. During this testing phase, the third rail will be live and energized 24 hours a day, 7 day a week. The public should avoid the rail tracks at all times.

[FOR MEDIA ONLY: Media will be invited to attend the Full Exercise and more information will be provided in October.]

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