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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FTA approves Honolulu application for rail engineering plan

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The Federal Transit Administration approved Honolulu's request for the city to begin preliminary engineering on a proposed $5.3 billion rail transit project. The 20-mile route would run from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.

During the preliminary engineering phase, the city will create a more precise construction schedule and updated financial plan. The estimated cost of the project at $5.29 billion, about $117 million more than the city administration's most recent cost estimate of $5.17 billion derived in the past year.

Honolulu's Mayor Hannermann remains hopeful the city can break ground on the project in December. He said the city is awaiting final state approval of an environmental impact statement and then a federal record of decision before ground can be broken.

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