|You are here: Main / Customer Services / Public Communications Division / 2010 / Mayor Carlisle Announces Governor's Acceptance of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Honolulu Rail Transit Project|
(Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010)−Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle today announced the acceptance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, clearing the way for the project to move forward.
With the governor’s acceptance of the project’s Final EIS on the state level, the City anticipates that the Federal Transit Administration will issue a Record of Decision (ROD) that would allow the City to break ground on the rail transit system.
“Moving forward with rail transit creates much-needed jobs for our communities, provides long-term traffic relief and offers a dependable transportation alternative that starts us on the right path toward our preferred future,” said
The EIS, which had been submitted to the State Office of Environmental Quality Control, identifies environmental, community and economic benefits and impacts of the rail system as well as mitigation procedures for addressing these issues.
“The rail project EIS has been done prudently and is in compliance with state environmental law,”
The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 20-mile elevated rail system connecting East Kapolei with
The City has already awarded two construction contracts for the project: one for the first phase of the elevated rail guideway from East Kapolei to Pearl City; and the other for the train storage and maintenance facility in
“Many people contributed to this important journey,”