For off-islanders, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference is being held this week in Honolulu. We’ve been treated to a stream of media stories for the past month about which roads will be closed and which will be intermittently affected.
The advice often comes down to what mainlanders hear in winter: Just don’t go out unless absolutely necessary. Many of us find it absolutely necessary to make a living, and don't go out isn’t a workable response to major traffic disruptions.
We have to think local residents will get around these disruptions in the 2020’s and beyond by riding above them. Elevated rail’s passengers will bypass surface traffic disruptions entirely.
Some critics of Honolulu’s intention to build elevated rail prefer an at-grade system, which they say would have fewer impacts than the elevated structure. They can only mean “visual impacts,” since at-grade rail would have far greater impacts that hardly ever are mentioned in the media.
We’re filling in the blanks here at Yes2Rail about at-grade rail’s safety record impacts, and today’s post continues our recent theme by highlighting a few cities’ experiences with their at-grade system in recent weeks.
At-grade rail advocates can’t hide behind their aesthetic concerns any longer. Their obsession with view planes is a good "cover" for their apparent disregard for the hazards of building rail transit at ground level.
One last thing today: Houston’s Metro trains have plowed into hundreds of vehicles during its years of operation, and YouTube has the evidence.