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The City and County of Honolulu announced today that it has selected the Airport Alternative as the preferred alternative for the environmental impact statement process for Honolulu’s proposed rail transit project. 

“The decision considers the impacts and benefits of each alternative as described in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), input from the public and the guidance of the Honolulu City Council,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “More than 75 percent of the comments processed to date for the Draft EIS that favored a route supported the Airport Alternative.”

The Airport Alternative will:

  • carry the most passengers of any route studied in the Draft EIS, with more than 95,000 daily riders by the year 2030.
  • deliver greater access to Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Honolulu International Airport than the Salt Lake Alternative.
  • serve the Salt Lake neighborhood with connecting bus routes.
  • have 5 percent fewer parcel acquisitions for the guideway’s right-of-way, when compared to the Salt Lake Alternative.


Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928