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A city councilman says U.S. officials remain committed to rail funding

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:45 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2011


The federal government remains committed to granting $1.55 billion for Honolulu's $5.3 billion planned rail project by October 2012.

That's according to City Councilman Ikaika Anderson after he met with the Federal Transportation Administration and members of Hawaii's congressional delegation last week in Washington, D.C.

Anderson told KHON-TV that federal officials affirmed the city and the FTA are scheduled to sign a full-funding grant agreement.

The city's financial plan calls for it to request the money by February and sign a deal the following October.

But rail opponent Panos Prevedouros said even if federal officials guarantee the money, Congress could still decide to withhold funding.

The city broke ground on the rail line in February, but construction can't begin until a final design is approved, likely later this year.


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What a waste of M0NEY!! The majority of people will not use it because it does not run in the entire city, (or state for that matter) but everybody must pay for it. I didn't see a comprehensive survey that each taxpayer got to voice his/her opinion on whether he/she would be able to use this rail system. The people who have children they must pickup or drop off at a babysitter would not be able to use it. Sooo, who IS going to benefit from this ridiculous system? Certainly the officials who are pushing for this Rail System are NOT going to use it. How many of them really live on that side of the island?!!!! I AM SO DISAPPOINTED !!!!!!
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