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Honolulu Rail Transit Project

The City and County of Honolulu, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is currently implementing a 20-mile-long automated metro rail system that will serve 21 passenger stations.

Initially, Lea+Elliott was the transport system technology expert for producing comprehensive operating plans for a range of fixed-guideway transit technologies that met the specific performance requirements of the system for each of the various implementation stages of the project. Technology options included APM, conventional bus, BRT, LRT, PRT, monorail, maglev, rapid rail, commuter rail, and ferries.

Lea+Elliott led the development of operations inputs to the system design, which helped the Owner, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) determine a locally preferred alternative and conduct public outreach meetings and respond to comments. Lea+Elliott then participated in the planning, preliminary engineering and procurement activities, including technical proposal evaluations.

Now, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Lea+Elliott has management and oversight responsibility for the Core Systems that includes contract management oversight of the Core Systems Contractor; design compliance oversight; oversight of Core Systems interface with the station fixed facilities involves reviewing the designs of the Core Systems themselves, and the design of their interface with fixed facilities (including stations); overseeing installation and testing of the Core Systems equipment.

The Core Systems contract is comprised of 80 new passenger cars; automatic train control and communications equipment for the 20 miles of new elevated guideway and its 21 passenger stations; and car-borne and wayside communications equipment.