Report: Honolulu rail project costs higher than projected

HONOLULU— A new report on Honolulu’s rail project estimates the price tag to be $8.3 billion, about $134 million more than the city’s current projection.

The report by the independent consultant Jacobs Engineering Group indicated the project could be operational by September 2026, about nine months later than the date the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation projected.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the review was conducted on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration, which has withheld about $744 million of the $1.5 billion the agency promised in late 2012. The rest of the funding is pending on a project-recovery plan for how the authority intends to address rising costs.

Authority officials say the cost estimate has not risen significantly since May 2016.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

  1. Uncleaina July 5, 2018 9:21 am Reply

    Original cost estimate was $5.7 billion…now it’s about 70% higher at $8.3…by time it’s done = $10 at least. Guarans over $500,000,000 stolen by contractors.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.