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NEW HART CEO MEETS WITH FTA, HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
(March 27, 2012)—Newly selected HART CEO and Executive Director Daniel
Grabauskas met with the head of the Federal Transit Administration and with
Hawaii's congressional delegation inWashington D.C. today to discuss the status of
Honolulu's rail project in preparation for receiving additional federal funds.
Grabauskas, who officially begins his new role on April 9, and interim HART
executive director Toru Hamayasu met with FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, U.S.
Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka, and U.S. Reps. Mazie Hirono and Colleen
Hanabusa to discuss the expected full-funding grant agreement, which provides
$1.55 billion in federal money for the rail project.
Honolulu's transit project has already been allotted $120 million of those funds and
the project is poised to receive a share of $510 million this fiscal year. President
Obama's FY2013 budget also includes $250 million for the project.
Grabauskas said the meeting with the FTA went well and that FTA Administrator
Rogoff reiterated comments made two weeks ago by U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood underscoring that the agency is committed to the project and
committed to the funding.
"FTA administrator Peter Rogoff and Hawaii's congressional delegation reaffirmed
their strong commitment to Honolulu's rail project, and we assured them our
project is on track and well positioned to receive full federal funding," Grabauskas
said. "Honolulu is fortunate to have such strong support from our entire
congressional delegation, the FTA and the Obama Administration. Our federal
partners understand that we are not just building a rail project, we are building a
better future for Oahu."
Grabauskas, who is preparing to move from Boston to Honolulu, said he decided to
visit with federal officials while still on the East Coast because it was more cost
effective and would allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in
"The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is very fortunate to have Daniel
Grabauskas as their chief executive officer and executive director. I am very
impressed with him," Senator Daniel K. Inouye said. "He has an impressive resume
and a lot of experience with this type of work through his leadership of the
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston. I look forward to working
with him and I will continue to support this project and work hard to secure federal
resources to ensure its timely completion."
"In Daniel Grabauskas, HART is gaining a highly qualified transportation
professional who is dedicated to collaborating with our local communities. I look
forward to working with him as we move ahead in building a new alternative to
getting around Oahu—one that provides a new travel option that allows people to
avoid driving on clogged roads and freeways," said Senator Daniel K. Akaka.
"Dan Grabauskas understands the challenges and opportunities Oahu faces when it
comes to addressing the traffic gridlock and quality of life issues of a growing
population," said Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, a member of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "I congratulate Dan on his new
position as HART chief executive officer and wish him and his team success as they
move the project forward."
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said, "I look forward to working with Mr.
Grabauskas as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progresses and helping Hawaii
secure its fair share of federal funding.We must ensure this historic transportation
project is completed in a responsible and timely manner, and that will truly take a
As the new chief executive of HART, Grabauskas will run the agency responsible for
the construction, operation and maintenance of the $5.2 billion rail project. The
HART board selected him as the new CEO/executive director on March 1.
The 20-mile rail transit system from East Kapolei to Ala Moana is expected to open
in 2019. For updates on construction work days and times and more details about
the project, visit the project website atwww.honolulutransit.org or contact our
hotline at 566-2299.
Media Contact: Jeanne Belding (808) 768-6145, cell: (808) 489-2530.