Locale: Greater Honolulu (Pacifica City, Honolulu)
Number of lines: 5
Number of stations: 40
Daily ridership: 1.92 million
Began operation: 1977
Operators: Honolulu Metro Transit Authority
Express Intercity Corporation
Track length: 382 km
HMTA: Standard gauge
Express Intercity: 1,435mm
RTB-PORT Transit bus
North Shore train leaving Mililani
PORT HMTA train at Halawa Station
The Pacifican Oahu Rail Transit system is a rapid transit system in the municipalities of Honolulu and Pacifica City, (together Greater Honolulu), the 7th largest metro area in the Pacifican Islands. The network was first opened in 1977 and now includes over 5 lines, carrying nearly 2 million every day. PORT also uses hundreds of buses.
Transit in Honolulu started months after the First Revolution, operated by crude buses and streetcars, operated by Pacifican civilians. The government took over public transit in 1921. During this time, the government struggled through the Great Depression to build a streetcar system stretching from what is now Waikiki Station to Pearl Harbor Station. Once it was completed, it had a massive ridership, prompting the government to begin to build a new line down to Kapolei. This was shut down in city council by the new Communist party. Later that year, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, where the nations was harbouring the Allied Pacific fleet. The streetcar system was placed as a target and was knocked out. During the rest of the war the government spent money rebuilding the streetcars and extending it up to Naval Air Force Base Kaneohe. The proposed streetcar segment through the mountains was decided as unfeasible and the two segments were connected by a bus. The streetcar system played a massive role in the defence of Hawaii. After the war, the Communist party won the 1948 popular elections. Early on, the party decided to expand the system to three lines, above where the current subway is. As the communist government declined, the public transit system was dismantled to save money for ICBM bases and military equipment, and to control the masses even more. In 1971, another revolution knocked over the Communists and set up the current government. Following the division of Honolulu into a capital area, Pacifica City and Honolulu itself after the revolution, the two cities decided to build a three line system underneath the three streetcar line plan championed by the Communists. Funding was immediately approved.
The two lines, Pacifica City Line and Honolulu Line, now known as the (Red) Kaneohe Line and (Blue) Honolulu-Pearl Line, opened on April 4, 1977. It stretched from Pearl City Station to Kailua Station. It was then realized that the distances between each station was too great. In 1978 PORT purchased buses to serve places in between, and the Heights. What is now the (Green) Makakilo Line was opened in 1979, serving only three stations, ending in Waipahu. The lines were slowly expanded over the years until 1997, where the (Yellow) North Shore express line was built. In 2000, the (Cyan) Leeward Oahu express line was built. The two express lines were then purchased by Express Intercity Corp., a new transit company who would go on to operate other transit lines in the nation. The newest addition, the Kahana Valley extension on the Kaneohe Line was built in 2015.
Kaneohe Line (Kahana Valley to Fort Shafter)
Honolulu-Pearl Line (Honolulu to Wahiawa)
Makakilo Line (Pearl City to Makakilo)
North Shore Commuter Express (Mililani to Dillingham Airport)
Leeward Oahu Commuter Express (Honolulu to Makaha)
Service varies by line. The section of the Honolulu-Pearl Line between Honolulu and Pearl City is the busiest segment of the entire system. The train runs 24/7.
Due to the large distance between stops, HMTA runs quick, well though out bus routes from each station.
PORT-RTB Bus Map from Honolulu and Downtown Station
PORT-RTB Bus Map from Oahu Airport Station
PORT uses tickets (purchased from ticket counter in stations and buses) and by local populations, the PORTPass, a transit card.
1$ (15c NSD) - Minimum fee
1$ (15c NSD) - Each station
2$ (35c NSD) - Interchange
2$ (35c NSD) - Bus (with subway ride)
HMTA RTB (rapid transit bus) Bus
4$ (70c NSD) - Bus
20$ ($3.22 NSD) - Flat rate
Next stop is Waikiki. Waikiki Station. Please exit from the left.
Please Stand Clear
Kaneohe Line, towards Fort Shafter. Please stand clear of the doors.
Next stop is Honolulu. Honolulu Station. Transfer station for Honolulu-Pearl Line. Please exit from the right.
Next stop is Fort Shafter. Fort Shafter Station. This is a terminal station. Thank you for traveling PORT. Please exit from the right.