Bus Rapid Transit: The Devil's in the Details, But What Are They?

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UPDATED 10 a.m. 5/31/12

Honolulu officials abandoned a bus rapid transit system nearly a decade ago after public support waned and a new mayor took office.

Now, mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano is pointing to a 2003 environmental study as his plan to relieve Honolulu's terrible traffic problem instead of building a rail system. But what was supposed to be a 32-mile network through urban Oahu was never fully implemented. And a 2006 federal evaluation of the project offers lessons about the importance of community buy-in if the public is going to give up its road space to buses.

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