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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today expressed his appreciation for the strong support that Federal Transit Administrator nominee Peter Rogoff voiced for Honolulu’s rail transit project during his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate.


“We have worked very closely with the Federal Transit Administration to ensure this project is a success, and we’re very pleased that President Barack Obama’s administration continues to provide unwavering support,” Mayor Hannemann said. “As the Obama administration’s nominee to head the FTA, Mr. Rogoff is quite knowledgeable and is very well-informed about our plans, as he has personally toured our project corridor. I have also met with him on several occasions in Washington DC to brief him on our project.”


In response to questions from U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka at the confirmation hearing, Rogoff said, “You have my assurance both in working with the people in Region 9 as well as within headquarters to make sure everyone is talking to each other clearly in terms of what needs to be done to move this project forward.”


Rogoff recalled that he had served on the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee when the Honolulu City Council narrowly rejected the local funding mechanism for a previous rail transit project planned here, in 1993.


“We must not let that happen again,” Rogoff told Akaka during today’s hearing.


Mayor Hannemann said he greatly appreciates the hard work of Senators Akaka and Daniel Inouye, and Hawaii’s congressional delegation, to secure federal funding for the project, and looks forward to breaking ground this year.


An audio recording of today’s hearing is available at:




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