Honolulu delivers revised rail recovery plan to US officials

HONOLULU — The head of Honolulu’s planned rail line has submitted a revised recovery plan for the $9.2 billion project.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO Andrew Robbins hand-delivered the plan to federal officials in San Francisco on Friday.

The Federal Transit Administration has been withholding about $744 million in promised funding until it approves an updated recovery plan.

The agency demanded that the city submit a recovery plan when the project’s price tag jumped from $5.3 billion.

The City Council approved the plan by an 8-1 vote on Wednesday. Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi was the lone “no” vote.

The 20-mile (32-kilometer) long rail line is due to connect Honolulu’s western suburbs to the airport, downtown and the Ala Moana Center, Oahu’s biggest mall.

  1. harryoyama June 10, 2019 5:24 am Reply

    $9.2 billion and counting, a corrupt Rail project that only benefits crooks like Mayor Kirk Chadwell and his political cronies who abuse public money to line their pockets. The FBI should start filing criminal charges and throw these parasites in jail, No more “retire” with full benefits, just like the HPD chief.

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