HART moving forward with 4-car train configuration

Published On: Dec 19 2013 04:18:04 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

The city's transit authority told its governing board Thursday that after further review it will go with a four-car train configuration for Honolulu's fixed rail system.

A spokeswoman says the four-car plan was always on the table, but was something that would be phased in.

The presentation was not voted on Thursday. But after further study it was determined that the four-car plan would be cheaper up-front, have less annual costs and would be more beneficial to riders.

HART officials say this move will save millions of dollars in capital costs plus another $100,000 to $300,000 savings annually in operations and maintenance costs.

It will also provide passengers with more entry and exit points, so the boarding experience will be easier, with increased capacity meaning resulting in more seats.

The city asked for and received federal approval for its adjusted plan.

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