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(Mon., Dec. 14, 2009)--Mayor Mufi Hannemann today expressed his appreciation to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, Senator Daniel Akaka and Hawaii’s congressional delegation for ensuring that Honolulu’s rail transit project will receive $30 million included in an omnibus spending package.


            “Once again, the leader of Hawaii’s congressional delegation has come through for us,” Hannemann said. “Senator Inouye’s outstanding leadership has been instrumental in moving forward this rail transit project that is vital to our island’s economy and its future.”


The money will help pay for preliminary engineering and design of the transit system.


            The funding was included in a consolidated appropriations bill. Hawaii will receive more than $387 million in total through the package, for a wide variety of projects and programs.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928