First look at train station designsUPDATED 6:52 AM HST Jun 19, 2013Video Transcript
Scaling back and saving millions... tonight rail planners are offering a first look at what the new train stations could look like. They're smaller than first envsioned-- a direct result of public involvement. And as KITV4's Andrew Pereira explains, rail planners say speak now as station design kicks into high gear. The cars in the 3-D model are not exactly modern, but the West Loch rail station in Waipahu by Leoku Street is designed to reflect these modern times. KIRK CALDWELL: "IT'S ABOUT A SMALLER FOOTPRINT - IT'S RIGHT SIZED, IT'S COMPACT, IT REFLECTS A SENSE OF PLACE." HART wants that sense of place to come from each community where a station is built. Transit leaders will hold a meeting June 25 at Waipahu Intermediate for the West Loch, Waipahu and Leeward Community College stations. Another meeting July 30 at Kapolei Hale will focus on stations in East Kapolei and UH West Oahu. BREEN HARIMOTO: "WE'RE WORKING COLLABORATIVEL Y TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO THIS RIGHT, MAKE IT BETTER. BUT WE NEED THE COMMUNITY TO BE A PART OF THAT PROCESS." By building stations with the same components, HART has saved about $100 million. But transit officials say what they call MODULAR doesn't mean each of the 21 stations will be IDENTICAL. DAN GRABAUSKAS: "MODULAR COMPONENTS DOESN'T MEAN IT CAN'T BE UNIQUE. EVERY HUMAN FACE HAS TWO EARS, TWO EYES A NOSE AND A MOUTH. AND YET THEY'RE INFINITE NUMBERS OF WAYS THAT THEY COME TOGETHER." Grabauskas is also researching whether each train will have two cars or four. A longer train will mean longer wait times since trains won't come as often. But more people will be able to board at once. DAN GRABAUSKAS: "SO WE THINK THERE ARE SOME REAL CUSTOMER ADVANTAGES AND SOME SAVINGS TO BE HAD. BUT, I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO A FULL ANALYSIS AND REPORT BACK TO THE HART BOARD WITH A RECOMMENDATION." ANDREW PEREIRA: "HOWEVER ONLY FOUR STATIONS, AT EAST KAPOLEI, UH WEST OAHU, PEARL HIGHLANDS AND ALOHA STADIUM WILL FEATURE PARK-AND-RIDES WITH A TOTAL OF 4,100 STALLS. GRABAUSKAS SAYS THAT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM." DAN GRABAUSKAS: "THERE'S NEXUS AT EACH ONE OF OUR STATIONS WITH THE BUS 906 IT'S ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE INTREGAL TO THE STATION DESIGN "WE'LL ALSO HAVE AS YOU SEE OVER HERE, SORT OF KISS AND RIDE WHERE FOLKS MAY DROP OF A FAMILY MEMBER AND THEN PICK THEM UP LATER IN THE DAY." All of the stations are being DAY." All of the stations are being designed to handle a four-car configuration, which would actually cost less since the number of driverless navigation systems would be cut in half. Kenny, Yunji... back to you.