THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            24
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A STUDY
    AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION AND
    THE TRAFFIC FLOW FROM THE FORT SHAFTER AND AIRPORT AREAS
    TO DOWNTOWN. 


 1        WHEREAS, increased urban development and a growing state
 2   population tests the capacity of the State's transportation
 3   systems; and
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 5        WHEREAS, traffic congestion is a growing concern,
 6   especially during "rush-hour" at the areas of convergence
 7   located in the Fort Shafter and Airport viaduct areas; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, from the Fort Shafter and Airport areas to
10   downtown severe traffic congestion occurs; and
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12        WHEREAS, it is in the State's interest to study, explore,
13   and execute methods to minimize, or even eliminate, traffic
14   congestion; now, therefore,
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16        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
17   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
18   Representatives concurring, that the Department of
19   Transportation is requested to conduct a study and make
20   recommendations regarding the traffic flow from the Fort
21   Shafter and Airport areas to downtown; and
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23        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the study and recommendations:
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25        (1)  Use existing studies as a base and further examine
26             alternatives to facilitate traffic flow from the Fort
27             Shafter and Airport areas to downtown;
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29        (2)  Examine alternative solutions or approaches,
30             including but not limited to one-way streets,
31             contra-flow lanes, trolley systems, and park and
32             rides, to facilitate transportation and traffic flow;
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34        (3)  Explore the use of converting four lane thoroughfares

 
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 1             to three lane thoroughfares as has been successfully
 2             done at the federal level to provide for bike lanes,
 3             wider sidewalks, beautification of the area, and
 4             better traffic flow; and
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 6        (4)  In addition to facilitating transportation and
 7             traffic flow, consider enhancement of the quality of
 8             life for the community, street parking for local
 9             businesses, and beautification of the neighborhoods;
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11   and
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13        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Transportation
14   is requested to submit a report of findings and recommendations
15   to the Legislature no later than twenty days before the
16   convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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18        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
19   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of
20   Transportation.
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