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(Thurs., Dec. 29, 2011)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted the Honolulu rail transit project into Final Design – the final phase of the project’s development before executing a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the FTA. In a letter from FTA Regional Administrator Leslie T. Rogers, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) was advised of the favorable decision in writing.
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“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone and another positive step toward providing
“I’m glad to see the project continue to make progress, as it represents not just transportation alternatives for residents of Oahu, but also much-needed jobs and support for
“I had the opportunity to meet with FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff earlier this year to personally assure him of the Council’s support for this project,” said Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin. “I am pleased with the FTA’s announcement and look forward to seeing construction start next year.”
“This approval serves as further confirmation that required steps have been properly followed and that the FTA believes this project should continue to move forward,” HART Board Chairwoman Carrie Okinaga said. “It also means that the FTA has approved our updated financial plan and that the project remains on sound financial footing, which is good news for taxpayers. The HART board will continue to do its part to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.”
As previously announced by Senator Inouye, the Fiscal Year 2012 Transportation Appropriations measure includes a total of $510 million for those transit New Starts projects that will enter into an FFGA in calendar year 2012. When
Media contact: Jim Fulton, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928.
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