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Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs
With P3 being delayed, will you complete the system to Ala Moana Center?

The P3 contract award winner will complete the construction of the project to Ala Moana Center, including the eight rail stations in the City Center section of the project between Middle Street and Ala Moana Center. In addition, the contractor will build the Pearl Highlands Parking Garage and Transit Center, and be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for a period of 30 years.

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I see a lot of cones with lane closures on Dillingham Boulevard but no construction, what is going on?

Controlled access is currently in place along sections of Dillingham Boulevard to facilitate utility relocation work. We are moving utility lines that are currently in the way of upcoming rail construction. Special duty officers, flaggers and a field ground team are onsite to provide the support required to keep the traffic flowing.

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Does it make sense to finish rail to Ala Moana Center or should we just stop at Middle Street?

HART is obligated per its Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the FTA to complete the full 21-mile alignment. Residents especially living in West Oahu look forward to a full build-out of the rail system.

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Work is extremely noisy at night, is HART doing anything to improve this situation for residents?

HART and our contractors are working to minimize construction noise in the following ways:

Daytime Work: Our primary noise mitigation strategy is to shift some of the louder construction activities to occur during daytime hours. HART continues to work with Nan, our utility contractor, to complete necessary studies, such as the completion of a Traffic Mitigation Plan, for approval by city and/or state departments to obtain approval for construction work. HART is required to provide the community with sufficient advanced notice of the upcoming work.

Reduce Source Noise: HART's utility contractor employs several management practices in order to reduce construction noise. These practices include the use of a white noise backup warning alarms, which creates a broadband sound that can be quieter and less annoying than typical beeping back-up alarms. Sound insulation blankets are also used around the loudest parts of the vacuum trucks. Whenever possible, smaller hand tools and plasma cutters are used, which generate less noise than traditional jackhammers and other equipment.

Noise Barriers: Our contractor may also consider using plywood barriers and composite acoustical panels to help reduce some of the construction noise. These barriers are intended to create an acoustic shadow that will help to reduce some of the noise from propagating away from the work areas. The manufacturer's laboratory tests showed that the noise barriers reduce sound levels at a receiver by breaking the direct line­of-sight between the source and receiver. While these tests differ from actual field installations, they do indicate that potential strategies are available to reduce some of the construction noise.

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Why does work never start when HART says it will?

We give as much advance notice as we can, but delays do happen. We notify the community of delays and revised estimates of construction as well.

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TAGS: Delays
Will HART have enough money to complete the project due to the GET and TAT funding shortfall due to Covid-19?

The project receives funding from multiple sources—in addition to GET and TAT, $1.55 billion has been awarded to HART by the Federal Transit Administration. The remaining funds will come from other federal programs and locally generated revenue, such as interest on funds on deposit. We are also introducing an element of private funding as part of the P3 contract. As the picture becomes clearer as to the effects of Covid-19 on funding sources, solutions will be devised to make up for any shortfall.

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TAGS: Covid-19, GET, TAT
Why are we spending all this money on rail instead of using it for education and affordable housing?

GET and TAT funding can only be used for rail transit, it’s separate from the City budget.

Public transportation as a whole is subsidized by the government at the Federal, State and Municipal levels because it is a public service that serves the community.

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Why is the rail being built down Dillingham Blvd rather than using Nimitz Highway?

Dillingham is the locally-preferred alternative that was chosen during the public process to determine the rail route, with City Council ultimately adopting the chosen route.

King Street and Nimitz Highway were evaluated but Dillingham was found to have greater accessibility to where people live and work along the alignment.

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43. HART doesn’t benefit me because I am not close to the rail line. If I will have to drive to a station I might as well drive all the way.

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 for drivers.

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HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation