Mayor Blangiardi’s new Honolulu rail plan would end construction shy of Ala Moana Center
SA: … If approved by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board of directors, the City Council and the FTA, HART’s updated June 30 “recovery plan” would require only 19 stations and 18.75 miles of track, Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday in his State of the City address.
(Translation: FTA has been withholding $750M from HART since 2015. This is just HART's latest gambit to get their mitts on it.)
“Facing a history of cost overruns, an inadequate budget and delayed construction timetables, including a disillusioned public, and our weary and concerned partner, the Federal Transit Administration, our first order of business was to regroup the team of city leaders and key principals overseeing the construction and ultimately the operations of the rail, a team that had all but quit working together during HART’s time spent pursuing a public-private partnership,” Blangiardi said.
The goal then will be to find new sources of revenue to finish the 1.25-mile gap to Ala Moana Center, Lori Kahikina, HART CEO and executive director, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday.
Construction is currently estimated to cost $11.1 billion to get to Ala Moana, with a $1.3 billion deficit.
But to build to Kakaako, Kahikina said, “we believe we have the funds.” ….
(Translation: This is just a scheme to get the Feds to release the money.)
read … Mayor Blangiardi’s new Honolulu rail plan would end construction shy of Ala Moana Center
SA: Mayor Blangiardi proposes ending Honolulu rail project in Kakaako, 2 stations short of Ala Moana Center
Blangiardi Tweet (subsequently deleted) "We submitted a Recovery Plan to the FTA, proposing to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement to the following scope: 18.75 miles/19 stations through Downtown, to the Civic Center Station, which is 1.25 miles and 2 stations short of Ala Moana Center."
CB: Honolulu Mayor Proposes Trimming Rail Line, Stations To Address Budget Woes -- The plan needs approval from the Federal Transit Administration, and it’s not clear yet whether that agency will get on board.
HNN: The FTA has been briefed on the proposal, Blangiardi said.
KHON: Honolulu Chair Tommy Waters, through a statement said, “This Council has collaboratively worked with the City Administration on the rail project and we look forward to reviewing the Recovery Plan the Mayor talked about today. We will give it the careful consideration it deserves when it is shared with us.”
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