In this issue, we talk about Updates on Tantalus Drifting and Fire Sprinkler Retrofits and City FY 19 Budget Cycle Gets Underway.
In early February, the City administration launched an electric bus pilot project to test the electric-powered battery vehicles in our public transit system. During the first week of the pilot, Oahu Transit Services tested the bus on 13 out of 23 established TheBus routes, including several that traversed heavily-traveled urban Honolulu routes traversing Kalihi, Kalihi Valley, Nuuanu-Liliha, Downtown, Makiki-Punchbowl and the University-Waikiki neighborhoods. This week, the pilot routes include Waianae, Mililani, and Waimanalo.
Immediately after the January 25 accident in which a speeding drifter collided with a bicyclist on Tantalus/ Round Top Drive, Tantalus residents and I met with City Department of Transportation Services, Design and Construction and Honolulu Police Department representatives to discuss solutions to this problem. Although illegal drifting and racing have been identifi ed as safety hazards in Makiki/Tantalus during the past 20 years, residents have reported that increased activity has occurred during the past 8-10 years, especially with the advent of social media.
During last month’s EMLA Committee meeting, we received supportive testimony for Bill 107, Proposed CD1. It added “alternative fire prevention and fire safety systems” as a means of broadening the range of fire prevention/safety improvements that could be used to meet life safety evaluation requirements proposed by the Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee (RFSAC) in November. This proposal replaced the original contents of Bill 69, CD1 and was adopted by the EMLA Committee.