… getting people and goods from Point “A” to Point “B”
Transportation is not a “good” but a “bad” economically-speaking. In transportation, moving people and goods costs time, money and effort. If we drive a car, we spend our time behind the wheel and our money on car payments, insurance and fuel. If we take the Bus, we spend time and put our fare into the box to make that trip. If we “Uber” or take a licensed taxi, there is the both the time and the fare. Even if we bicycle we spend time and physical effort to power our way to the destination (but we do get the benefit of increased physical activity). Walking can get us to that Point “B” and the effort can be less but the time will certainly be longer.
Regardless of what you do, you cannot avoid the impact that transportation has on our lives. Even if you never leave your home, those things that you need for living – food and drink – are transported to you. You experience transportation in the form of the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS. The trash that you generate is hauled away in the County’s or private contractor’s trash trucks. If you regularly commute to employment, transportation and the time it takes can represent a significant amount of your daily schedule – your life.
Dust Consulting Services was established on Maui to improve the transportation we experience through effective and efficient planning and implementation of system improvements.
For all modes…
Transportation happens as a system. It is a system comprised of facilities (roads, rail, airports and harbors) used by various modes (automobiles, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, ships, bicycles and pedestrians). Dust Consulting Services focuses our efforts on ground transportation modes and the facilities that support movement – roads, paths and sidewalks. As a system, all modes need to be addressed to provide the complete solution needed.
With Aloha ‘Aina
The transportation system does not exist in a vacuum. The provision of the transportation system occurs within an environment. Maui is a particularly challenging and sensitive environment. The beauty of the Valley Isle is part of the attraction that draws close to ¼ Million to Maui annually. Maintaining that beauty is a challenge to the provision of transportation facilities – modern high capacity roadways are not typically known for their aesthetics. Transportation projects need to be carefully fitted into the environment – planning needs to reflect a “love or caring for the land” or Aloha ‘Aina.