Solving our traffic problems
Restoring bus routes and creating smart streets
Kirk will restore the recently cut bus routes, add express buses to outlying areas, and create “smart streets” in town.
Recent cuts to bus services are happening due to a shortfall of $3 million out of the City’s $1.96 billion dollar annual operating budget. These kinds of resources are findable and the problem is fixable.
In one of the debates before the primary election, the candidates were all asked if we had any recent experiences riding the Bus. I thought that was an extremely important question and one that I took seriously. I decided to ride the Bus from Ewa Beach to Downtown because I wanted to understand and experience what many of our families go through trying to do important activities like going to work or school. The bus ride was a great experience and I saw how many people rely on valuable service. I saw how important it was to find solutions to improve our transportation system so that people won’t have to stand on a crowded bus for an hour to get anywhere. It’s all about improving the quality of life of our families.
Creating Smart Streets
Smart Street enhancements are described as being able to decrease vehicle delay through a range of options such as traffic light synchronization, deployment of roundabouts, medians, constructing or extending (as needed) turn bays, consolidation of duplicate driveways and as appropriate partial grade separation of some traffic lanes at major intersections.
In addition to the above, Smart Streets take full advantage of as many traffic operations improvements as possible, including: street widening; intersection widening; left/right turn lanes; two-way turn lanes; turn prohibitions; improved traffic control devices; lighting improvements; bus turnout bays; grade separations; reversible traffic lanes and one-way streets.