Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, November 05, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2314 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu

by Aaron Lief, Grassroot Institute, Oct 27, 2016

Honolulu drivers sitting under the shadow of a behemoth rail system have a lot of time to wonder, “What could’ve been done instead of rail?” Dr. Panos Prevedouros, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has offered a number of solutions that could still be done – and wouldn’t cost very much.

What could Hawaii have done for the price of the rail? According to Dr. Prevedouros, simply updating the stoplight system would make a significant impact. By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic by 14,000 cars every year.

panos1

Another quick solution involves opening contraflow lanes, an idea that has been implemented on Kapiolani Boulevard with much success. By adding a few contraflow lanes on highly traveled routes such Nimitz Highway and Dillingham Boulevard, traffic capacity would increase by 55% in the mornings and 60% in the evenings. These two solutions — which could be implemented fairly quickly — would amount to less than 1% of rail costs.

Additionally, Dr. Prevedouros identified room for improvement within Hawaii’s infrastructure in the form of an underpass. Imagine approaching a red light; instead of slowing down, you continue underground and zip out on the other side of the road, and you haven’t lost any time.

bbridge41

This underpass in Lahore, Pakistan allows traffic to fly under without waiting for the stop light.

In 2004, Dr. Prevedouros pinpointed four highly congested intersections which were perfect candidates for an underpass system. By placing underpasses at these strategic locations, Oahu would see an 11% reduction in rush hour traffic time.

According to Dr. Prevedouros, building an underpass system would cost “peanuts” compared to the cost of the rail, at a mere $15 to $50 million. An animated simulation of the proposed Nimitz/Bishop underpass can be seen here.

panos-2

Traffic simulation at Pali Highway and Vineyard Boulevard, before the underpass.

Traffic simulation at Pali and Vineyard after an underpass.

Traffic simulation at Pali Highway and Vineyard Boulevard after an underpass.

Other solutions mentioned by Dr. Prevedouros include an improved bus system, an elevated express lane, and a ferry system, all of which would have been less expensive than the rail, combined.

Even after implementing these solutions, the Department of Transportation could have constructed a $6 billion underwater tunnel from Ewa Beach to downtown Honolulu, and the cost would still be far less than current rail projections. Plus, an underwater tunnel would cut travel time from the west side to Honolulu down from 60 minutes to only 6 minutes!

panos-4

Instead, Oahu drivers will likely see more traffic, even after the rail is completed. Dr. Prevedouros said, “By 2030, we’re going to have tremendous congestion, because essentially, we threw all our transportation money to a boondoggle that not a lot of people are going to use.”

For more solutions to Hawaii’s traffic problems, check out a video of Dr. Prevedours’ full lecture, “How to Solve Traffic Problems in Hawaii”.

 

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Friends of Lanai

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Senate Informer

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Hawaii Votes

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

Hunting, Farming and Fishing Assoc.

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

OpenHawaii.org

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Copenull

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

United Veterans Hawaii

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT