Honolulu has taken delivery of the first railcars for its new rail line. The railcars will be an open gangway design:
“These are the first driverless trains in the United States of America. They’re not arriving in New York, or Boston or San Francisco. They’re arriving here in Honolulu,” Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at a press conference today held in front of the trains after they were unloaded on Pier 1 at Honolulu Harbor.
Honolulu’s rail cars will also be the first in the nation with an “open gangway” design that will allow passengers to move freely between all four cars in the train, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Dan Grabauskas said.
Open gangway trains are the type of train BART should have gotten with its “fleet of the future”. Honolulu’s trains, by the way, are being assembled in the Bay Area.