25 Train-Car Facts, Figures & Talking Points That Will Affect Hawaii Commuters

Hawaii's First Train-Car for the New Train System

The following facts, figures & talking points, as submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), have been compiled to answer the many questions and concerns by Hawaii residents.

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  • Once fully tested, the trains will operate in completely automatic mode at 55 mph maximum speed with no driver required.
  • The trains align with the station platform to provide a level boarding area in accordance with American Disability Act (ADA).
  • The car shell structure is 100% aluminum alloy to provide the required strength, minimize weight and maximize energy efficiency.
  • Each car shell is 64 feet long, 10 feet wide and 14 feet tall.  The 4-car train is 256 feet long.
  • The weight of each of the four cars of the train is 73,000 pounds with a total empty 4-car train weight of almost 300,000 pounds.
  • Each train has 188 seats and carries about 630 passengers.
  • The train interior is illuminated by high efficiency LED lights.
  • The aluminum car shells are fabricated in Italy and shipped to Pittsburg, CA for final assembly.  They are shipped from Italy to Houston via cargo ship and then trucked to Pittsburg. The sea trip from Italy requires about 6-weeks and from California to Honolulu in about 10 days.
  • The train includes gangways between cars to permit passengers to move between all 4-cars of the train.
  • Each car of the 4-car train has a surfboard/luggage rack.
  • Each train has dedicated space for 4 bicycles and additional general storage area.
  • Each car of the 4-car train has a dedicated parking area for two wheelchairs
  • There are 24 doorways on each 4-car train, 3 per car on each side
  • Each car of the 4-car trains has two fully-independent air conditioning units.
  • The train is propelled by 16 AC traction motors that are used for both acceleration and braking.
  • Braking is a combination of both dynamic (regenerative power) and friction brakes.
  • The passenger seats are mounted to the car shell sidewalls to keep the floor area clear and easy to clean.
  • The passenger area of the trains are monitored by CCTV cameras and intercoms are provided to permit passengers to communicate with supervising personnel at the Rail Operation Center (ROC) in the event of an emergency.
  • The trains will include on-board WiFi.
  • Once the individual cars arrive on the island, they must first be assembled into a 4-car train.
  • The train will then undergo a battery of extensive tests to ensure they operate in accordance with the specifications and ensure the trains are safe for carrying passengers.
  • The testing begins with a series of check-outs to verify there has been no damage during shipment.
  • “Static” tests are then conducted to verify basic train functionality.
  • “Dynamic” tests are then conducted to verify the trains accelerate, run, coast and brake properly.
  • Integration tests will then be conducted to verify each and all trains are interconnected and function together with other parts of the system in accordance with the intended design.