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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:50 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2006

New views added to transit simulations

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By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer

This is the view today from Kaonohi Street near Pearlridge Center if you're looking makai.

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This is how a mass-transit proposal envisions a reversible managed lane near Pearlridge Center.

Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas

City officials working on selecting a transit system for Honolulu released new computer simulations today of what some of the options might look like in the community.

The depictions show computerized before-and-after illustrations of the elevated transit options. The newest ones show what the managed lane, a dedicated road, would look like in two communities — near Pearlridge and near Honolulu Community College.

The city is studying the 23-mile traffic corridor from Kapolei to the University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Waikiki, which includes core residential and work communities on O'ahu. City planners said that area also is projected to absorb 69 percent of the population growth on O'ahu over the next quarter-century.

The new information comes from the city and consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas. Halfway through the study that will chart the path for Honolulu's transit future, engineers are describing the options at a series of meetings that began Saturday, continue from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, next to Honolulu Hale, and conclude Wednesday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Aliamanu Middle School cafeteria.

Consultants also released renderings that show how a rail transit system might look as it travels near Aloha Stadium, Fort Street Mall in Downtown, near Honolulu Community College, a makai view on University Avenue and in Waikiki.