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Rail officials unveil Honolulu Airport station design

  • COURTESY HARTAn artist's rendering illustrates the design of the Honolulu Airport station.
    COURTESY HART
    An artist's rendering illustrates the design of the Honolulu Airport station.

Rail leaders unveiled the site and design for the Honolulu Airport station on Wednesday, which is expected to be one of the most heavily used along the transit line once it opens.

The airport station will be built in a central location, nestled between the airport’s International and Overseas parking structures and the lei stands, with bridges connecting to both parking structures.

The elevated transit line guideway will snake its way between the International structure and the lei stands, according to the early designs.

Construction on the station is expected to run from 2015 to 2017. It will overlap with the state’s overdue $739 million renovation of the airport, which started last year and is also expected to run into 2017.

Rail officials said Wednesday that they’ll coordinate with state transportation officials to make the construction as least obtrusive as possible to passengers and airport employees.

The station is slated to open in 2019. Once it starts running, officials said, it will provide passengers a way to dodge traffic and a better level of certainty that they will catch their flight.

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