The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) released $67.5 million to the Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation (HART) Monday for a planned rail transit project. In total, $255 million will be available for the project this fiscal year. The full agreement between HART and FTA guarantees $1.55 billion for the project over six years.
Under the current proposal, the new Honolulu rail system would include 21 stations around the city; destinations would include The University of Hawaii – West Oahu, Honolulu International Airport, downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and several key employment and retail locations.
The current construction schedule has the first 10 miles of the new system opening in 2017, with the full 20-mile line opening in 2019.