Home from the capital during the August recess, Mr. Inouye held a press conference yesterday and said Honolulu “should count on” the $1.55 billion in federal funds it’s planning on for the $5.3 billion project.
“I will most certainly discuss this matter with the appropriate committee,” Inouye said – his typically understated way of saying “it’s a lock.”
Bombardier, one of the three firms to submit a bid on the Honolulu rail system, is still thinking through its next steps after receiving its latest rejection slip.
The city dismissed the company’s bid, and Bombardier appealed that action to the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The hearing officer rejected that appeal, and now the company says it will “seriously consider” going to court over the latest rejection. Civil Beat has posted Vice President Andy Robbins’ statement.