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Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs
When will the rail system begin operating?

The first phase of the system, from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium, is undergoing testing that is expected to be completed within the next year. At that time when segment one is fully operational, HART will deliver this segment to the Department of Transportation Services, which will determine the timing for a public opening and all other operational questions.

Updated 8/17/2021

How much will it cost to ride?

There will be a single fare system for the train and TheBus. Transit riders will be able to use a single pass to ride both the train and TheBus. Senior, student, and other discounts for bus service will apply.

What times will trains operate?

Trains will operate daily from 4 a.m. to midnight. Trains will arrive at stations about every five minutes during peak travel times, and about every 11 minutes during non-peak times.

Updated 7/2/2020

Is rail transit going to make a difference in traffic congestion?

Yes. Rail will eliminate an estimated 40,000 car trips from our congested streets and highways. If you know what traffic is like when UH and private schools are out for the summer, you have an idea of the difference rail will make. Rail will also support future growth in transportation demand as new housing is built and the population increases.

Updated 7/2/2020

How many train vehicles will the Honolulu rail system have in all?

There will be a fleet of 80 train cars, with approximately 17 four-car trains in operation during peak travel periods.

How fast will the trains travel?

Trains will have a top speed of 55 mph and an average speed of 30 mph (including the time spent stopped at stations).

Who will be paying for construction of rail transit?

$1.55 billion of the construction cost is being paid for with funds from the Federal Transit Administration. A large percentage is being paid by tourists making purchases on Oahu (to which the half-percent GET surcharge applies), and the balance is being paid by residents and businesses (through the half-percent GET surcharge).

See: Full Funding Grant Agreement

Updated 7/2/2020

Where will rail transit run?

By 2030, nearly 60 percent of Oahu's population and more than 90 percent of the island's jobs will be located along the 20-mile rail corridor. Rail will connect major residential areas with primary job centers. There will be stops downtown, at three UH system campuses, Aloha Stadium, the Honolulu International Airport and several shopping centers. Rail will offer a convenient way to get to work, school or home. In addition, rail will provide a way to attend special events at Aloha Stadium, catch flights at the airport, or enjoy concerts at the Blaisdell Center, without the hassles of parking and traffic.

Updated 7/2/2020

How is Honolulu's rail transit going to help people?

Rail transit will provide a fast, safe, reliable alternative to driving in traffic congestion. In addition, there will be about 40,000 fewer car trips on Oahu's congested streets and freeways. 

The City is building this rail system in order to improve mobility, improve travel reliability, provide access to planned development and enhance transportation equity.

Updated 7/2/2020

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How will rail transit enhance our economy?

Each year during construction, the rail transit project will help generate thousands of jobs in construction, engineering, and professional services. In addition, thousands of other indirect jobs will be created by businesses that provide goods and services to the project. The direct investment of federal and local funds will boost the economy and increase demand for goods and services at local businesses, while increasing tax revenues for the City and State. Transit oriented development around rail stations will sustain the demand for jobs in a variety of industries for many years in the future.

Updated 7/2/2020

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation