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U.S. Senate committee approves $250 million for Honolulu rail project

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:21 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2012


The U.S. Senate appropriations committee is supporting a bill allocating $250 million for a rail line in Honolulu. 

Sen. Daniel Inouye’s office says the committee voted 28 to 1 in favor of the bill on Thursday. 

The Hawaii Democrat, who is the chairman of the appropriations committee, is among those voting for the bill. 

The full Senate will vote on the measure before it goes to the House of Representatives.

The city broke ground on the 20-mile elevated track last year. The line will include 21 stations from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.


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ya_think wrote:
Won't pass the House
on April 20,2012 | 05:58AM
frontman wrote:
Where is the rest of the 5 BILLION coming from..........you got it, Hawaii TAXPAYERS
on April 20,2012 | 08:16AM
Changalang wrote:
Can we take it to the bank; or is it coming soon? I mean, No Comment.
on April 20,2012 | 06:01AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
That's just a committee recommendation and probably means that is all the feds will even consider now.. instead of the billion the rail guys are hoping for.
on April 20,2012 | 06:11AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I thought it was supposed to be 1.5 billion.
on April 20,2012 | 06:20AM
hoku_kai wrote:
Thank you, Senator Inouye! Keep rail moving forward. The President had submitted this same amount in their proposed budget.
on April 20,2012 | 07:07AM
Changalang wrote:
Unfortunately, the President's budget proposal with the Rail money failed to advance in the Senate and is dead. It is okay Oahu will pay for the whole thing out of pocket without resistance. No need for Kabuki theater to act as if Federal funding is coming in. We are fortunate that Senator Dan is still trying his best to get more money for Hawaii in his last term, though. We appreciate his efforts, even if it means you can't bring home the bacon anymore when the Senate flips GOP in November. He has done enough for Hawaii over the decades to be proud; a legacy second to none.
on April 20,2012 | 07:15AM
islandsun wrote:
Yes he has done so much. Mufi has big shoes to fill. Although Im still upset about Mufi selling out on rail, It looks like he is going to win. Maybe the best place for him is as far away as possible.
on April 20,2012 | 09:31AM
Changalang wrote:
Mufi has a special skill set and bi-partisan links that make him great for Hawaii, in my humble opinion. Colleen is very smart and has not incurred the wrath of the House Majority. Rep. Hirono is only functional when she has someone holding her leash. With the second Dan gone at the end of this term, Hawaii should optimize its field in anticipation for the future. In this round, Obama, Case, Mufi, and Colleen puts Hawaii's best foot forward for the future. Some may argue that Hawaii needs to send Republicans for the next cycle because of the coming two House victory by the National GOP. However, we must be realistic. Elections are about numbers and all of Hawaii will only send Democrats for National office in every race. It is for every Hawaii citizen's benefit to send the most skilled Democrats possible for Hawaii's next incumbent line up for the next decade. We are an island state and suffer and prosper together; Republican or Democrat. This election should only be about what is possible with the slate available for the best connections for Hawaii. We need to envision a future where Dan cannot provide 20% of our local economy via appropriations. The new future starts this November.
on April 20,2012 | 10:25AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Actually this money belongs to HARD-WORKING men and women. It does NOT belong to the Fake Messiah, Honorable Senator Daniel Inouye.

on April 20,2012 | 08:57AM
Bean808 wrote:
Believe it or not but that's as far as it is going. It's all just a show.
on April 20,2012 | 09:04AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Of course the Democrat Regime in Hawai'i who control the House and Senate WANT the rail. It will CRUSH our kupunas' bones and CRUSH our keiki and mo'opuna with masses of debt and further ENSLAVE them to the Federal Reserve and to Goldman Sachs.

It is not surprising that the Democrats who control the U.S. Senate with 51 seats approved this DEBT. They WANT TO CRUSH OUR KUPUNAS' BONES AND CRUSH OUR KEIKI AND MO'OPUNA WITH MORE MORE AND MORE DEBT !!!

on April 20,2012 | 08:54AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"U.S. Senate committee approves $250 million for Honolulu rail project" So, it's pretty much done then? Money in the bank? Kind of like the Akaka Bill? "On December 16, 2009, a Congressional House Committee passed an unamended version of the Akaka Bill."
on April 20,2012 | 09:00AM
honopic wrote:
A drop in the bucket. $250 million won't even cover the legal fees for this shibai. The State of Hawai'i should refuse the money and DE-RAIL the train now!
on April 20,2012 | 10:56AM
Kalli wrote:
The city did not break ground for the rail system last year. The city held a breaking ground ceremony last year. Big difference.
on April 20,2012 | 12:12PM
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