Gas station shut down for the rail project

To some people, it’s just a normal gas station.

But to many others, the Chevron at the corner of Lagoon Drive and Waiwai Loop near Honolulu Airport is much more than that.

It’s been around for at least 50 years, but it sold its last gallon of gas on Friday night.

It shut down to make way for the city’s rail project. Its neighbor across the street, Pacific Courier Service, moved out at the end of last month for the same reason.

Both properties will become part of the Lagoon Drive rail station.

Chevron was a busy gas station that had a lot of regular customers — from business accounts to tourists filling up their rental cars before heading to the airport.

“There’s usually at least a line of two or three cars throughout the day,” said Cameron Ryan of Hertz Car Sales.

Franchise owner Andy Yamauchi says Chevron Corporation has sold the property to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, also known as HART.

“Can’t stop progress,” Yamauchi said.

Nine employees are losing their job.

It’s also a sad day for regular customers. The Shell gas station that used to be across the street closed three months ago.

“Now we got no places over here for gas,” said Russ Swaney, one of the regular customers who works in the area.

“Thank you very much for all the years that they patronized my place. I’m very lucky, they’re the best customers in the world,” Yamauchi said.

HART plans to award a contract later this year to build the rail guideway in that airport area.

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