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Cost, ridership of 4-car trains remain in dispute

By Marcel Honoré

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013

~~<p>Oahu transit officials on Thursday touted their plan to debut the island's elevated rail system with four-car trains instead of two-car models, telling the board overseeing the project that the change would save millions of dollars and provide better customer service.</p>
<p>Their presentation, however, did not mention that the firm contracted to build those trains, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, has estimated the switch to four-car trains would actually cost the city about $4 million. It wasn't until after the presentation, when Ho&shy;nolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board member Mike Formby brought up the matter, that HART officials acknowledged the disparity between Ansaldo's estimated costs and their estimated savings of some $20 million.</p>
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Oahu transit officials on Thursday touted their plan to debut the island's elevated rail system with four-car trains instead of two-car models, telling the board overseeing the project that the change would save millions of dollars and provide better customer service.

Their presentation, however, did not mention that the firm contracted to build those trains, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, has estimated the switch to four-car trains would actually cost the city about $4 million. It wasn't until after the presentation, when Ho­nolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board member Mike Formby brought up the matter, that HART officials acknowledged the disparity between Ansaldo's estimated costs and their estimated savings of some $20 million. Login for more...



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