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Council signs off on $1.55 billion in federal rail funding

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:57 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2012

The City Council today gave final approval to a measure authorizing the city administration to sign an agreement to accept $1.55 billion in federal funding to help finance the city’s rail project.

Council members passed the resolution by an 8-1 vote, with Councilman Tom Berg the lone vote in opposition.

Outgoing Mayor Peter Carlisle made a rare appearance before the Council to express his thanks for the support.

“We could not have come anywhere near this bar and move forward this vision of the City and County of Honolulu without many of you who have been supporting it form the very beginning,” Carlisle said.

The overall price tag for the planned rail line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana is $5.26 billion.

Officials with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation expect to sign the grant agreement sometime after Dec. 19.

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Poidogs wrote:
Go rail go!
on December 5,2012 | 02:02PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
With rail our grandchildren will live in poverty because the C&C and State will be Bankrupt!
on December 5,2012 | 02:21PM
ukuleleblue wrote:
Rail benefits everybody for the following reasons: 1) Rail provides a transportation alternative for those who cannot drive or do not wish to drive in traffic. 2) Rail provides a faster ride than buses through congested areas. Elevated rail has its own right-of-way and will not get stuck in clogged surface streets as buses. 3) Rail can carry a higher volume of people faster between any of the stops along its route. 4) When car drivers take the rail, there are less cars on the road which alleviates traffic congestion for other drivers. 5) Building the rail will create jobs and provide billions of dollars in economic activity. 6) The federal government will provide $1.55 billion of free rail subsidy which helps our economy. We should be committed to building the rail and be confident that we can afford it. Rail is a needed infrastructure which will help alleviate our traffic problem and stimulate our economy with sorely needed jobs. Build rail now for the future. Rail projects are always opposed when planned but never regretted after they are built. GO Rail GO!
on December 6,2012 | 01:12AM
kainalu wrote:
Another spit ball in the eye of ... .
on December 5,2012 | 02:03PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Where is the guy who always says "Another wooded stake into the hear..... when ever rail makes the news?
on December 5,2012 | 02:05PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Ash is the preferred wood for another stake into the HART....
on December 5,2012 | 02:26PM
kauai wrote:
Be prepared for higher taxes to pay for this thing. Next step, the city going to the state legislature, tin cup in hand, to ask for state funds to help pay for this project. It's good to have tax payers on the nieghbor islands; that way they can help pay for our rail.
on December 5,2012 | 02:16PM
mcc wrote:
I hope we don't have to pay it back when rail is not built.
on December 5,2012 | 02:37PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Didn't we see this story a few days ago? Why is this news? In other surprising news, "Waves Crash on Waikiki Shores Today!"
on December 5,2012 | 04:51PM
hikine wrote:
I hope this money is going to be used for rail exclusively and not raided to provide other venues by the C&C and the politician(s) that do should be ejected from his office!
on December 5,2012 | 05:14PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
The C&C has no choice in the matter. The state law and the agreement with the FTA restrict the use of the funds to the rail project.
on December 5,2012 | 05:53PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Way to go, Councilmembers! This is a great victory for the people of Oahu. Our transportation and economic future is much brighter now. Go Rail Go!!!
on December 5,2012 | 05:42PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
brighter for deep pockets that will profit from this Titanic rail scam.
on December 5,2012 | 10:45PM
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