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City officials to meet with feds over rail project

By Marcel Honore

LAST UPDATED: 11:27 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2013

City leaders overseeing Honolulu’s elevated rail project are in Washington, D.C. to brief federal transit officials on how the effort is going.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City Council Chairman Ernie Martin, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO Dan Grabauskas and HART board Chair Carrie Okinaga are scheduled to meet Tuesday with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Authority Administrator Peter Rogoff.

The FTA committed last year to a six-year, $1.55 billion spending agreement for the 20-mile rail system, slated to run from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.

The project will receive $14 million less in federal dollars this year due to budget sequestration cuts, but the FTA has been assured that those dollars will be made up in subsequent years, rail officials said earlier this month.

The group will also meet with members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, as well as staff and members of the U.S. Senate and House Transportation and Appropriations committees, according to a release.

Caldwell is scheduled to return Thursday. The city’s managing director, Ember Shinn, is acting mayor while he’s away.

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allie wrote:
Time to give back the misspent money. This is a disaster of a project.
on April 22,2013 | 11:52AM
atilter wrote:
if all's well, hunky-dory, copasetic, and all dat - then why does this illustrious group of political representatives have to spend those moneys doing the dosey-do all the way down to d.c. to meet to report or get the latest reports? what ever happened to tele-conferencing in this day of modern technology? how much does it add to the "cost of doing business" fo funds this disaster? did they travel coach? bet not!!! CHAMPAGNE ALL THE WAY, right?
on April 22,2013 | 01:31PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I still do not understand why this could not have been done via videoconferencing. In this day and age there is absolutely no excuse for civil servants to be wasting tax payer dollars on travel...
on April 22,2013 | 01:59PM
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