Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Honolulu Rail Transit Project In Hawaii

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Honolulu Rail Transit Project Hawaii’s biggest development has created a huge impact on commuters on the island of Oahu. Driving town bound from the Leeward side, people can’t help but notice the large cement pillars holding a railway high up above the farm lands in the Kunia area. Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann who won the 2004 election, announced that construction of a rail line is a priority. Now building the largest public works project in Hawaii’s history, the Honolulu Rail Transit Project is not only going to benefit communities but also benefit the future population on Oahu.
Some are not aware what may be the advantages of the future Rail Transit Project. Being that Honolulu is ranked third for the worst traffic in the Nation,
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Comments about the Project were said after the voting was passed in 2008. Many feel that the Project is “too expensive” or “It 's not worth it.” This costing taxpayers $5.3 billion to pay for the Project which makes residents even more peeved about it. Because the Rail Transit is supposed to benefit West Oahu by accommodating them, it will still increase the taxes. Being a Waianae resident, I can see a potential disadvantage in the lower income residents of the West side. Because Kapolei is becoming the “second city” there will be a high demand for rental properties that are not affordable for Leeward residents. People will need housing close to their work area instead of driving all the way town, this will make residents move outside of the city for affordable housing. Closest to Kapolei would be Waianae, and since Waianae is the cheaper area on Oahu this will cause property values to …show more content…
As Oahu continues to grow, HART believes “ [In] 2030, 70% of Oahu’s population will be increased.” With more development being involved this causes a very high demand for housing. For Hawaii News Now they provide claim saying, “Oahu population growth outpacing housing supply.” In fact a Hawaii economist, Eugene Tian states “to catch up with demand, developers would have to build about 2,000 more homes each year than they do now.” Now many residents can’t afford these so called “affordable homes” and they already struggle on trying to make a living on Oahu. With the Rail being built, it really does cater to mostly the wealthy and tourism. It may benefit the residents on Oahu, but not a lot. Also building homes along the 20 mile rail corridor won’t benefit really benefit benefits due to the fact some residents might not qualify for the home or may not afford it. Those homes will probably attract non-residents who are wealthy and can

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