Today, the world is contemplating how each of us can reduce their Carbon Footprint as we watch the ”’Live Earth”’ concerts. This is a good time for us on Oahu to ask, which transportation choice produces the smallest Carbon Footprint — elevated Rail or elevated HOT Lanes?
The answer is clear. HOT lanes produce a smaller Carbon Footprint than Rail. Rail will require another generating plant to have enough electricity for the system. Rail will require more buses to feed the system. Rail will make the commute longer for the car commuter therefore increasing their gas consumption and emissions.
HOT lanes will reduce the travel time (and therefore emissions) for all commuters