The Honolulu City Council passed resolutions granting Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) the special management area use and shoreline setback variance permits required to resume rail construction.
“The Council’s actions will allow us to get back to work and to keep the project on time and on budget, and that’s good news for taxpayers,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Daniel Grabauskas.
The council also approved the master agreement between the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HiDOT) and the city for the use of HiDOT right-of-way from Pearl City to Ala Moana Center for construction related to the rail project.
With the permit approvals and agreements in place, HART will resume construction in the West Oahu section of the route on September 16. Construction work will take place along the first 10 miles of the rail route from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium and will include pouring concrete for columns, relocating utilities and soil testing.