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Transportation & Traffic

Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

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Reject SB2746 SD2 to prevent neighbor island cost increases

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Transportation on March 14, 2024. ______________ March 14, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Transportation       Rep. Chris Todd, Chair  

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SB3012: Hawaii among last states to require safety checks

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts on Feb. 8, 2024. _____________ Feb. 8,  2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and

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SB2630: Hawaii residents can be trusted to jaywalk safely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1,  2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and

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How parking reform could help boost Hawaii’s housing stock

One issue affecting Hawaii’s critical need for housing is something most people don’t think about: the parking requirements for planned structures.  During the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was joined by an expert on the subject: Tony Jordan,

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National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

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How Hawaii can improve its transportation systems

Baruch Feigenbaum pulled no punches on Tuesday when discussing reforms that might solve some of Hawaii’s transportation challenges. Feigenbaum, senior managing director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, told host Keli’i Akina on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii that, “sadly, just about everyone in transportation is

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SB493: Is it time to reform vehicle safety checks?

The following testimony was presented Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Culture and the Arts. ___________ Feb. 7, 2023 3 p.m. Conference Room 224 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation, Culture and the Arts       Senator Chris Lee, Chair

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

Read More →

Reject SB2746 SD2 to prevent neighbor island cost increases

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Transportation on March 14, 2024. ______________ March 14, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Transportation       Rep. Chris Todd, Chair  

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SB3012: Hawaii among last states to require safety checks

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts on Feb. 8, 2024. _____________ Feb. 8,  2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and

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SB2630: Hawaii residents can be trusted to jaywalk safely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and the Arts on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1,  2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation and Culture and

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How parking reform could help boost Hawaii’s housing stock

One issue affecting Hawaii’s critical need for housing is something most people don’t think about: the parking requirements for planned structures.  During the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was joined by an expert on the subject: Tony Jordan,

Read More →

National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

Read More →

How Hawaii can improve its transportation systems

Baruch Feigenbaum pulled no punches on Tuesday when discussing reforms that might solve some of Hawaii’s transportation challenges. Feigenbaum, senior managing director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, told host Keli’i Akina on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii that, “sadly, just about everyone in transportation is

Read More →

SB493: Is it time to reform vehicle safety checks?

The following testimony was presented Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Culture and the Arts. ___________ Feb. 7, 2023 3 p.m. Conference Room 224 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Transportation, Culture and the Arts       Senator Chris Lee, Chair

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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