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Old April 13th, 2015, 05:38 PM   #261
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Maybe I think it is noisy because of the electrical pickup shoe scraping along the third rail? It has just always been my impression.

The Chicago CTA might just have some really noisy trains. It is noisy running on the elevated tracks (even the concrete structures on the Orange Line), surface running, and subway.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 06:10 PM   #262
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If it is the electrical pickup shoe scraping along the third rail that's making a metro noisy, then either something is broken, or you have very quiet metro.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 07:21 PM   #263
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I don't mean to stir things up, but isn't third rail systems noisier than catenary systems. Maybe I'm equating third rail to NYC subway and Chicago El, both very noisy trains in my opinion.
This is in San Juan, Puerto Rico



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Old April 13th, 2015, 08:39 PM   #264
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Regarding extension to Waikiki. Here's the planned extension (including UH Manoa).
20080815-Visual and Aesthetic Resources Technical Report-3 by miniviews, on Flickr

Based on City Council discussions (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLKy5S0hN5I), extension to Waikiki (and perhaps University of Hawaii Manoa) is a single track vice double track configuration.

Kapolei extension:
20080815-Visual and Aesthetic Resources Technical Report-1 by miniviews, on Flickr

Salt lake extension:
20080815-Visual and Aesthetic Resources Technical Report-2 by miniviews, on Flickr

There were studies for a rail transit system between Pearl City and Hawaii Kai in 1982. No time to load or read EIS: http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20...ID-TRANSIT.pdf

I believe the Waikiki extension was not considered during initial line due to politics (against rail are private operators such as Taxi and the multiple Trolley companies). Unsure why the UH Manoa extension was not considered.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 11:22 PM   #265
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Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You
HART officials insist they don't have the authority to know how much subcontractors are being paid, but contract documents suggest otherwise.

APRIL 13, 2015
By NICK GRUBE AND BOB PORTERFIELD

Hundreds of contractors and consultants working on Honolulu’s $6 billion rail project are raking in tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, yet there’s little accounting of what they’re actually doing for the money.

It’s a glaring oversight that state lawmakers and city council members are struggling to reconcile before approving an extension of a half-percent General Excise Tax surcharge that could last anywhere from five to 25 years depending on what shakes out at the Capitol.

But even with calls for more transparency, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has been reluctant to release information about how much these companies, which have been hired as subcontractors, are being paid.

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Old April 14th, 2015, 01:23 AM   #266
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I'm wondering, after a recent storm of events, is honolulu's recent predicaments common or is this one of those unusual cases compared to other transit projects.
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Old April 14th, 2015, 01:58 AM   #267
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Maybe like in 30 years the rail will reach all major population centers on Oahu island, even North Shore.
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Old April 14th, 2015, 02:39 PM   #268
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Maybe I think it is noisy because of the electrical pickup shoe scraping along the third rail? It has just always been my impression.

The Chicago CTA might just have some really noisy trains. It is noisy running on the elevated tracks (even the concrete structures on the Orange Line), surface running, and subway.
I think they're noisy because the rolling stock is extremely heavy.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 06:23 AM   #269
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Senate votes 22-3 to extend Oahu's rail tax

Slom, Thielen, Riviere vote against measure

UPDATED 1:55 PM HST Apr 14, 2015
By Andrew Pereira

HONOLULU —The Hawaii State Senate decided Tuesday in a 22-3 vote to extend Oahu's rail tax an additional five years.

The three senators who voted against the measure were Sam Slom, Laura Thielen and Gil Riviere.

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Old April 15th, 2015, 07:19 AM   #270
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Maybe like in 30 years the rail will reach all major population centers on Oahu island, even North Shore.
Doubt it considering that the North Shore is extremely rural with very little "buildable" land.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 07:20 AM   #271
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Doubt it considering that the North Shore is extremely rural with very little "buildable" land.
They can build on the mountains. They could build towers where the houses are.

Remember, Waikiki was a swamp.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 04:25 AM   #272
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They can build on the mountains. They could build towers where the houses are.

Remember, Waikiki was a swamp.
True, but there is also the fact that a lot of the residents in the North shore side are heavily against any type of large scale development, since its the only side that has escaped from large developers, so there really isn't a whole lot of "buildable" land.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:41 AM   #274
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True, but there is also the fact that a lot of the residents in the North shore side are heavily against any type of large scale development, since its the only side that has escaped from large developers, so there really isn't a whole lot of "buildable" land.
And a swamp is buildable?

Give the north shore 10-30 years and the "right people" will buy up land and build high rises. When they do that, a line along the shore will be possible.
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Oahu can grow a lot, I think a second high-rise cluster is due, though not on North Shore, but Kanehoe.
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Expect that where there is a station, there will be highrises. If there are already high rises, expect even higher high rises.
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Expect that where there is a station, there will be highrises. If there are already high rises, expect even higher high rises.
What are the development plans for Kapolei, other than the UH-West campus?
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And a swamp is buildable?

Give the north shore 10-30 years and the "right people" will buy up land and build high rises. When they do that, a line along the shore will be possible.
I guess time will tell, but remember North Shore is a major tourist destination and its not because its like Waikiki.

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Expect that where there is a station, there will be highrises. If there are already high rises, expect even higher high rises.
Then you may want to read up on the transit oriented development site that the city and county set up here : http://www.honolulu.gov/tod.html

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What are the development plans for Kapolei, other than the UH-West campus?
Kapolei's long range master plan is here: http://kapolei.com/pages/long-range-master-plan

The only other major developments currently in Kapolei are the new mall complex, Ka Makana Ali'i, and just more houses along Kapolei Pkwy.

Note the large swath of residential land northeast of UH-West is the development of Ho'opili, which is currently going through opposition. It's also the area where the Ho'opili Station is suppose to be.

Kapolei has a strict design plan that was laid out back in the 1980s-90s and many of the developers have gone along with it so far. Most projects currently have been low rise residential houses and townhouses with varying degrees of density. The tallest occupied building so far is only five stories.

Kapolei Design Plan here: http://kapolei.com/pages/kapolei-urban-design-plan
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Old April 16th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #279
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April 14, 2015
The future entrance of the Waipahu Transit Center Station


Apr-14-15 Waipahu Transit Center (1) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-14-15 Waipahu Transit Center (2) by akiosan7, on Flickr

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April 15, 2015


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (1) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (2) by akiosan7, on Flickr
Taking down telephone and power lines across the intersection. At Pupukahi St. and Farrington Hwy.


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (3) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (4) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (5) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (6) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (7) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (8) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (9) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (10) by akiosan7, on Flickr
rail construction equipment


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (13) by akiosan7, on Flickr
Work on one of the bored holes near Don Quijote. Looks like a pile driver.


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (14) by akiosan7, on Flickr
Rebar for one of the columns.


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (15) by akiosan7, on Flickr
The plot of land with the yellow containers is currently storage for Kiewit, but is also the future Waipahu station.


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (16) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (17) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (18) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (19) by akiosan7, on Flickr


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (20) by akiosan7, on Flickr
One of the pillars that need repair work.


Apr-15-15 Waipahu (21) by akiosan7, on Flickr

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Old April 18th, 2015, 02:37 AM   #280
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HART to replace rail segment after large crack in concrete



By Kristine Uyeno
Published: April 16, 2015, 5:48 pm
Updated: April 16, 2015, 6:14 pm

Oahu’s rail system is far from complete, but there’s already damage to parts of the guideway.

A viewer contacted KHON2 via Report It, alerting us to a large crack at the top of the column.

The rail line winds through Kapolei, but if you take a closer look, you’ll notice something that shouldn’t be there.

Copyright 2015 KHON2. All rights reserved.
Read full article here:http://khon2.com/2015/04/16/hart-to-...k-in-concrete/

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Large cracks develop along rail line

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 8:21 PM HST
Updated: Apr 17, 2015 12:21 PM HST
By Rick Dayso

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many of the concrete segments on Honolulu's rail transit system are only a few months old but already cracks are beginning to show.

The most notable cracks can be seen at the end of a 150-foot long section across from the University of Hawaii West Oahu on Kualakai Parkway.

In Waipahu, some of the concrete on a column on Farrington Highway appears to have fallen off, exposing the reinforcing bar.

Experts said it's not unusual to see problems like these on large projects. But they are surprised that they're showing up so early in the construction stage.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
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