FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff presented the document to Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and Toru Hamayasu, general manager of the City’s Rapid Transit Division, at FTA offices in Washington, DC. Said Rogoff:
Carlisle also spoke of rail’s potential “to provide residents with a sensible alternative to our congested roads and highways and improve their overall quality of life.” Carlisle noted construction of Honolulu’s 20-mile system “will also create thousands of jobs and fuel our state’s economy. It’s time to get those shovels in the ground.”
Events have moved quickly since Governor Neil Abercrombie accepted rail’s final environmental impact statement on December 16, a crucial step that Abercrombie’s predecessor had refused to complete.
A number of other steps are required before construction can begin on Phase 1 of the project.