Honolulu wins federal approval to begin rail construction

The Federal Transit Administration today gave its approval for Honolulu to begin construction of Honolulu’s $5.5 billion rail transit system, Mayor Peter Carlisle’s office announced.

The FTA issued a “record of decision,” indicating that the project has met all the requirements of the environmental review process.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff presented the record of decision to Carlisle and Toru Hamayasu, general manager for the City’s Rapid Transit Division, at FTA offices in Washington, D.C.

“This is one of the most significant milestones for the rail project,” Carlisle said. “We will soon be able to provide residents with a sensible alternative to our congested roads and highways and improve their overall quality of life.”

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