Monday, February 23, 2009

Honolulu Rail Will Serve 4 Higher Ed Campuses

Chalk up college and university students, faculty and staff among those who will find great convenience in using Honolulu’s future rail transit system. Among the 21 rail stations will be stops serving the University of Hawaii at West Oahu and the Leeward and Honolulu Community Colleges. Hawaii Pacific University will be just a short walk from the downtown Honolulu station.

More than 20,000 members of the college and university communities will have convenient access to the rail system, based on recent figures, and this number is likely to increase significantly. UH-West Oahu alone anticipates an increase in enrollment to 7,600 students by 2015, as well as having 1,000 employees by then.

Students and faculty will be just a small fraction of the potential rail riders in the coming decades. West Oahu expects large population growth due to the availability of new housing opportunities in the leeward plain. Projections show that by 2030, the Ewa area will experience a doubling of its population to 186,000.

Honolulu’s elevated fixed guideway transit system will be a logical choice for many of these residents to commute to work, school, shopping and recreation. Also on the route will be stops serving the Ala Moana and Pearlridge shopping centers and Aloha Stadium.

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to recognize why Honolulu’s train will be the smart travel option for Oahu’s future college students.


Anonymous said...

anything happened recently?

Doug Carlson said...

Lots is happening, just not on this blog at the moment. Interesting that your comment is connected to the community colleges post. Transit station workshops are being held in the Waipahu/Kapolei area, and one was held at LCC on April 29. The next will be at Kapolei HS the evening of May 12. For now, I recommend you visit for updates.

aloha said...

Problems exist in every state. The fact is that Hawaii is a great place to visit, and Honolulu in particular. These are great destinations for a vacation. Aloha!