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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BACKS
RAIL PROJECT INCLUDED IN FY2011 FEDERAL BUDGET
(February 2, 2009) --- Taking another strong step towards providing $1.55 billion in federal funds for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project, President Barack Obama has included $55 million for the project in his FY2011 budget.
This latest funding installment under the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program supports the FTA’s expectation to provide $1.55 billion in federal funds to help build the
Mayor Mufi Hannemann was grateful for President Obama’s budget recommendation and said it shows the President and his administration continue to recognize the importance of the
“It’s a great day for the city of
“If the Federal Transit Administration felt this project was not financially viable and ultimately eligible to receive $1.55 billion, this federal funding request would not be included in the president’s budget,” Hannemann said. “This federal budget request validates the work to date on our elevated rail system’s engineering and financing.”
In a conference call this morning with local media, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff was quoted as saying that FTA expects
Rogoff also stated during that he was “perplexed” at recent concerns about
“We expect to continue to work with the City and County to continue to strengthen their financial plan and we will be evaluating a new financial plan when they make an application to go into final design,” Rogoff said.
Hannemann stated, “Our ongoing dialogue and face-to-face meetings with federal officials will continue to be a central part of our strategy and game plan. This has proven to be a successful formula, and we’re pleased with the results thus far. We will work with our partners in
Hannemann said the latest funding request for the
In his introduction of the FY2011 federal transportation budget, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the federal government will invest in transportation projects that “create jobs in support of the economy while delivering projects that can best leverage our federal investment.”
Congressman Jim Oberstar, chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently called