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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:35 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2006

New details on mass transit option

By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer

The city's transit consultant today revealed more information about one of the options for easing traffic congestion in Honolulu: two new elevated lanes that would be built atop Kamehameha Highway between the H-1/H-2 merge and Iwilei.

Mark Scheibe, consultant project manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff, said another option was added to "Alternative 3: The Managed Lane Alternative," which involves making the two elevated lanes reversible to be townbound for morning rush hour and Ewa-bound for the afternoon commute.

The special new lanes initially would serve buses and vehicles with more than one occupant. Scheibe said drivers traveling alone could be allowed on the elevated lanes if they paid a toll.

The city consultant is considering four basic alternatives: 1) no-build; 2) enhanced bus system; 3) managed lane (described above); 4) the fixed guideway, or some kind of rail alternative along various routes.

For more information, go to www.honolulutransit. org.