Honolulu Rail Heading Right at Them

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

WAIPAHU — Nick Cutter's family has sold cars in Waipahu for more than a decade. Fords, Mazdas, Pontiacs, Buicks and GMCs.

But someday soon, a concrete platform for the Honolulu rail project's West Loch Station will stand where the Cutter Family Auto Center now sits with its colorful lot of cars and trucks.

The June 14 release of the project's Final Environmental Impact Statement offers the most up-to-date list of homes and businesses that will have to move to make way for the train.

All told, the city will have to acquire 199 parcels to build the 20-mile rail line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana.

One appendix of the final environmental report — you can read thousands of pages of sections and appendices right here at Civil Beat — shows the exact locations of the parcels. Twenty residences, 67 businesses, and one church will have to relocate to make room.

They can feel the train rumbling down the tracks, and they are going to have to move quickly to get out of the way.

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