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(Wed., June 9, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann will meet in Washington D.C. today with U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to discuss federal funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project.


“There is tremendous support in Washington for our project, and we continue to make steady progress,” Hannemann said.


The Congress has appropriated $65 million in federal funding for the project over the past three years, thanks to strong support from advocates in the legislative branch such as Senator Daniel Inouye and Representative Oberstar.


The Federal Transit Administration expects to provide at least $1.55 billion for the project in total, and President Barack Obama included $55 million in the 2011 federal budget.


Hannemann will travel tomorrow (Thursday) to Oklahoma City for the 78th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


Hannemann serves as a USCM Trustee and chairs its Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports. He will convene a meeting of the committee on Friday, and participate in various additional meetings and forums through Sunday.


The Mayor will also accept, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, a City Liveability Award.


He will return to Honolulu on Monday, June 14.





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