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Environment and Convenience:

Rail transit will help protect the environment
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, rail transit consumes 37% less energy per passenger-mile than single-occupant cars and trucks.

The Sierra Club endorses rail transit because it can be powered by renewable energy sources. This is critical to meeting the challenge of transporting Oahu’s growing population while achieving energy independence for the state.

Oahu’s rail route will cover 20 miles. Switching a 20-mile round-trip commute to public transportation reduces an individual’s annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 4,800 pounds per year, equal to a 10% reduction in a two-car household’s carbon footprint.

Riding the rail produces 95% less carbon monoxide (CO), 90 percent less volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and roughly half as much CO2 and nitrogen oxide (NOx), per passenger mile, than driving a private vehicle.

Public transit use in the United States saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline each year, or almost 4 million gallons of gasoline per day. That’s equivalent to 34 supertankers full of oil.

Oahu residents can expect benefits and convenience from rail transit
Each train can transport 300 passengers, and results in 200 less cars on Oahu’s roads every three minutes during rush hour. That’s more than 34,000 fewer cars on the road each day. Rail conserves energy, and reduces traffic congestion and emissions.

Rail transit is a vital part of sustainable urban development. Without any public transit systems in place across the country, Americans would drive 102 billion miles more each year.

Trains will run every three minutes during rush hour. That means you get to work on time, every time, rain or shine, accident/no accident on H-1.

Using public transportation on Oahu will allow each family to save roughly $935 per month in transportation costs. That’s over $11,000 dollars each family will have to save/spend each year.

Oahu’s modern steel-wheel rail system will generate less noise than diesel buses, trucks, mopeds and many automobiles.

More than 3.6 million non-drivers aged 65 and older stay at home on a given day in part due to a lack of transportation options. Oahu’s rail route will increase the mobility and enhance the quality of life for seniors, non-drivers, and persons with disabilities.


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