Well, yeah! It’s what the rail project has been saying for years and what national transit experts have said for decades. Honolulu’s geography is perfectly suited for a rail transit line, with buses running from the valleys and neighborhoods (the parcels) and funneling passengers into the stations.
CB continues: “Considering Oahu is nearly 600 square miles, it’s not intuitive that so many parcels would be so close to a narrow 20-mile line.”
Actually, what’s intuitive and not surprising at all is that a rail line would be built where the people are. Selecting the route was not a dart-throwing exercise, with planners taking turns on tosses that determined where the stations would be built.
Nevertheless, we’re not quibbling with Civil Beat’s story. Like the piece suggests, lots and lots of residents and business employees will live and work within walking distance or a short bus or bike ride from a rail station.
A great many of them will leave the car at home and ride.