Public gets first-hand look at rail transit cars

Anyone who wanted an up-close look at Honolulu’s rail transit cars got their chance Sunday as the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) held a free public viewing of a rail car at the the project’s operations center in Pearl City.

Visitors could climb aboard the car for a first-hand experience of what’s to come.

HART staff like spokesperson Bill Brennan were also on hand to answer questions.

“So what we have is a 4-car train, and we have 2 end cars and 2 middle cars,” he said, “so what we’re doing today is having people walk through one end-car and one middle-car to see for themselves just how spacious and how accommodating these train vehicles are. There’s room for luggage and surfboards. We have bicycle racks and designated areas for wheelchairs to accommodate those people with handicap issues.”

Brennan says the first part of the system’s route, from Aloha Stadium to the Kroc Center in Ewa, could open in four years.

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