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Transportation & Traffic

Can Self-Driving Cars Solve Hawaii’s Traffic Problems?

Countless Hawaii residents have accepted that there aren’t many solutions for the state’s abysmal traffic. This is a sentiment mirrored by many officials. “There’s a lot of urban planners who believe that you can’t build your way out of congestion,” explained Randal O’Toole, Grassroot Institute Scholar,  “So instead of trying to solve the

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

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Nine Ferry-Related Bills in the Hawaii State Legislature Down to One

After the local press hullabaloo over the introduction of nine Hawaii ferry-related bills in the 2016 session, only one remains tenuously under consideration by the State Legislature. Local media covered with great fuss the introduction of nine ferry-related bills in the Hawaii State Legislature’s 2016 regular session, which opened on

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You Can Have That Road, Alphonse … No! You Take It, Gaston!

CNBC’s recent rankings of “America’s Top States for Business” pegged Hawaii at #50 overall, despite a #1 rating for quality of life. One factor that led to Hawaii’s rock-bottom position was the condition of its roads and bridges. A big contributor to this state of affairs is that the State

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To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role

Across the nation, a “horizontal” battle between taxi cab companies and emerging ride-share networks such as Uber and Lyft is unfolding. Unfortunately, a profound “vertical” battle, can be overlooked – and that is the battle between the free market and government over-regulation. Asked where Grassroot stands, we are promoters of

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Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

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Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

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Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

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Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

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Can Self-Driving Cars Solve Hawaii’s Traffic Problems?

Countless Hawaii residents have accepted that there aren’t many solutions for the state’s abysmal traffic. This is a sentiment mirrored by many officials. “There’s a lot of urban planners who believe that you can’t build your way out of congestion,” explained Randal O’Toole, Grassroot Institute Scholar,  “So instead of trying to solve the

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

Read More →

Nine Ferry-Related Bills in the Hawaii State Legislature Down to One

After the local press hullabaloo over the introduction of nine Hawaii ferry-related bills in the 2016 session, only one remains tenuously under consideration by the State Legislature. Local media covered with great fuss the introduction of nine ferry-related bills in the Hawaii State Legislature’s 2016 regular session, which opened on

Read More →

You Can Have That Road, Alphonse … No! You Take It, Gaston!

CNBC’s recent rankings of “America’s Top States for Business” pegged Hawaii at #50 overall, despite a #1 rating for quality of life. One factor that led to Hawaii’s rock-bottom position was the condition of its roads and bridges. A big contributor to this state of affairs is that the State

Read More →

To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role

Across the nation, a “horizontal” battle between taxi cab companies and emerging ride-share networks such as Uber and Lyft is unfolding. Unfortunately, a profound “vertical” battle, can be overlooked – and that is the battle between the free market and government over-regulation. Asked where Grassroot stands, we are promoters of

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

Read More →

Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

Read More →

Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

Read More →

Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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