STAND. COM. REP. NO.1270-02
RE: H.C.R. No. 112
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 112 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE REGARDING A LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to request that the Governor convene a task force to reassess the feasibility of establishing a light rail system on Oahu to alleviate increasing traffic problems.
The Friends of Pearl Harbor Historic Trail and several concerned citizens testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation supported the intent of this measure. The Department of Transportation Services of the City and County of Honolulu testified in opposition to this measure.
One of the major concerns of the general public is that of traffic congestion on the island of Oahu. With an increased population and the construction of new homes, especially in the Leeward and Ewa areas, the situation is sure to get worse.
Although many suggestions to alleviate this problem have been made, including the use of a ferry system and staggered work hours, the use of a light rail system seems to be one of the most feasible alternatives. Your Committee understands that many light rail systems are used throughout the world to move large numbers of people from destination to destination and that modern light rail systems are fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly, and are capable of offering frequent services that rival the convenience of a car.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 112 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair