Rail station designs nearing completion

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Jun 25 2013 10:12:00 PM HST

Oahu's newest and biggest public works project will also feature a lot of history of each community where the elevated train stops.

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Oahu's biggest and newest public works project will also feature a lot of history, in each community where the rail project stops.

Architects have been busy getting ideas from the community on track with the elevated train plans.

"We're trying to bring in the history, the culture of where the station is located. So there is comfort with the station and it feels like it is part of the neighborhood," said lead architect Ken Caswell.

During the planning process, community members said the look of each individual rail station is important.

"I think it helps identify a sense of place. It gives an identity for that community, that neighborhood," said Aiea resident David Poe.

Along with a commute, there will be an educational component. Riders will be able to learn about the rail communities through photographs and signs at each station.

Artwork reflecting each town will also adorn fences, murals and windscreens.

Waipahu's station will play up its plantation past.  Richard Borroneo liked what he saw, but he wants even more.

"It is supposed to take on the plantation style, but I would like to see even more. The subtle design could be better embellished," said Borroneo.

Rail station renderings, models released

Click here to see more pictures of rail station renderings and model.

More than 100 residents turned out Tuesday evening to look at the latest model of a Leeward Oahu rail station.  It gave many a better sense of what will be built in their community.

"This looks a lot more streamline and more cost effective," said Poe.

Some also had final words of advice for designers of the Waipahu stop, a design that is nearly set.

Others just hope what they see is what they'll get.

"Looking at a model is nice. Any model can look nice until it is built. So we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out," said Pearl City resident Jim Shintani.

HART recently said it will spend $5 million for art at the rail stations. Professional artists interested in showcasing their works only have until Thursday to apply.

Meanwhile, another community meeting will be held July 30, for the designs of the West Loch and East Kapolei stations.

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