Kirk Caldwell has been filling the media with complaints that Ben does not give full details of his FAST proposal and there are “no engineering drawings.”
"Genius has its limitations, but vanity and stupidity have none."
Let’s cut to the quick.
First, the FAST plan has as its basis Parsons Brinckerhoff’s 2003 BRT plan and then improves it. The Regional segment, Mililani and Kapolei areas to Downtown, is virtually the same, but adds the use of freeway shoulder lanes for BRT buses during the rush hours.
New Chinese made buses with capacity of over 100 seated passengers.
We are getting better as we go along.
PB’s 2003 BRT plan forecast ten percent greater ridership for BRT than they are currently forecasting for the rail project, and at a fraction of the cost. PB wrote at the time,
"The predominant sentiment among thousands of participants was that a grade-separated transit system (the rail) would be unacceptably: intrusive on the visual environment; divisive of communities; and too expensive."
PB’s 2003 plan Regional segment offered the greatest rush hour timesavings, 25 minutes, while the In-town segment, Downtown to Waikīkī, offered only 1.3 minutes of time savings. While agreeing with the Regional segment in 2003, we opposed the In-town segment back then because it only offered miniscule time savings while resulting in vastly increased traffic congestion along Ala Moana and Kapi‘olani Boulevards.
The entire Waianae Coast waiting breathlessly for this. What a beautiful
improvement over the disaster we have now.
The only significant engineering required for the FAST plan is that for the 2.2 mile Nimitz flyover from the Nimitz Interchange to Hilo Hattie. However, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has already planned it and it has an approved Final Environmental Impact Statement. It is also fully described, with drawings, in the 2003 Final EIS for the BRT.
What other engineering drawings does Caldwell want? Engineering drawings of a bus?