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Honolulu Traffic Best Dealt With Incrementally

<p>This editorial from the <em>Honolulu Star-Tribune</em> looks at Oahu's traffic issues and how the baby steps proposed by the Honolulu City Council may be more effective than grand-scale transit plans.</p>
August 19, 2007, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Council's modest proposals are aimed at lessening Oahu's terrible traffic jams, which no one disputes will only get worse. Despite the city's elaborate, expensive plans for mass transit, the system will be a long time in coming."

"The resolutions ask that the city and state allow more government employees, who make up a large segment of morning and evening commuters, to start and end their work shifts earlier or later and for the University of Hawaii-Manoa to adjust class schedules to cut the number of students from rush-hour travel."

"As expected, officials and others who would be affected by such changes are saying they can't be done or won't make much of a difference."

"But doing nothing isn't an option. And with traffic, there is no single silver bullet. Even mass transit proponents concede a system won't alleviate traffic jams."

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Published on Friday, August 17, 2007 in Honolulu Star-Bulletin
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