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Frequently Asked Questions - Operational Elements & Maintenance

FAQs - Operational Elements & Maintenance
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

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).

Why was the elevated rail design selected for Honolulu?

After multiple studies evaluating which transit system would be best to link Leeward Oahu to downtown Honolulu, an elevated rail system, separated from ground transportation, was found to be faster, safer, and more reliable for on-time performance than alternatives built at ground level-and less expensive than an underground system.

Updated 7/2/2020

Why was steel-wheel on steel-rail technology selected?

"Steel-on-steel" technology is the most reliable, proven technology available as recommended by a panel of engineering and transit professionals. Oahu voters then specifically approved a steel-on-steel rail transit system in 2008. Honolulu's light-metro rail technology is different from the old heavy elevated rail lines in New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere. The new steel-on-steel system is quiet, smooth, efficient and uses one of the most advanced control technologies in the world.

Updated 7/2/2020

Won't the steel wheels and rails have corrosion problems in Hawaii's environment?

No. Steel-wheels on steel-rail technology is being used successfully in many oceanside and island locales worldwide.

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How many people can fit on the train?

Each four-car train can carry a passenger load of more than 800 people, which is greater than the load capacity of 10 City buses.

Updated 7/2/2020

Compared to TheBus, how much will it cost to operate and maintain rail?

Rail will cost about half as much to operate and maintain than TheBus. The cost of operating and maintaining TheBus system will increase much faster each year than it will for rail.

Updated 7/2/2020

Where will the trains be maintained and stored?

Trains will be maintained and stored at the Rail Operations Center near Leeward Community College.

Updated 7/2/2020

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation