FACT CHECK — Pine: Leeward Coast Has Longest Commute Times

Dan Zelikman/ Civil Beat

Honolulu Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine welcomed Mayor Kirk Caldwell's announcement last month about restoring and improving bus routes.

Pine, whose District 1 includes Ewa, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau and Makua, said in a press release, "Many of the bus service cuts were ruthless and showed a lack of understanding of the devastating effects it would have on people's daily lives."

She continued: "The people of the Leeward Coast have the longest commute times on the island and these cuts hit us hard. I am especially pleased that the Mayor has committed to improving services for the residents of Makaha who have been suffering from up to four hour commutes."

Anyone who lives along the Leeward Coast or has traveled to and from the area during rush hour would readily agree that traffic can be awful, especially when there is bad weather or an accident. Honolulu's planned rail system is intended to alleviate that situation.

But, do Leeward Coast folks really have the longest commutes on Oahu?

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