When you think of Honolulu, Hawaii what comes to mind? Perhaps it is iconic images of sunshine, tropical fruits and sandy beaches, but as we’ve recently learned this state capital is also confronted with some less romantic realities, like heavily congested transit corridors and high energy costs. In efforts to remedy this situation, the state retained Strategic Economics and Smart Growth America (SGA) to identifying strategies, tools and resources that they can use to maximize the benefits of future rail investment in Honolulu and support the state’s future economic development and fiscal sustainability. The team’s report, “Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development to Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy” is discussed in more detail here and available for download here, so check it out! We are pleased to see the how welcoming the state has been to TOD and sustainability (as evidenced by Governor’s New Day Plan) and are eager to see the application of our work in this unique market.
January 28, 2013