Rest assured, gas isn’t the only cost driven up by the price of oil. Hawaii’s electricity rates are the nation’s highest – currently 32 cents/kilowatthour on Oahu, more on the neighbor islands – and you’d probably have to search far and wide in the USA to buy milk around $5/half-gallon, which is what consumers pay here.
We lead off with the higher cost of driving because cost is one of two reasons most people choose to start riding transit and stop driving. The other is convenience. With the cost of driving on Oahu among the nation’s highest, consumers here will have plenty of incentive to adopt new commuting habits once the rail project is up and running.
An archeological inventory is required and will be conducted even before construction begins to assess whether subsurface cultural artifacts and burial sites will be encountered where the pillars for the elevated guideway are planned to be erected.
The first of several community meetings on the survey will be held 6 – 8 o’clock this evening at the Farrington High School Cafeteria, 1564 North King Street, Honolulu. Information about the surveys and meeting is available at the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) website.
Other meetings this week and next will be in Central/Leeward Oahu, East Oahu, Windward Oahu and Urban Honolulu. HART’s website has details on their locations.