A series of community meetings is scheduled for this week to
discuss the rail project proposed for Honolulu. The meetings will be held in
communities along the proposed route from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says topics
include construction, costs and finances and “transit-oriented development.” Some
of the proposed stops along the route are for residential developments that
haven’t been created or approved by state regulators. The rail is designed to
be elevated above regular street traffic and the cars operate without a driver.
Construction is already underway despite lacking a final
commitment on anticipated federal funds. The total cost is estimated to top 5
billion dollars, and the state is hoping to secure more than
one-and-a-half-billion in federal grants. The transit authority won’t know if the
funds are available till this fall.
More than a quarter of the expected local contribution has
already been collected from general excise taxes.
The town hall meetings run from 6-8 p.m. beginning today through
- Urban Honolulu –
Tuesday, May 1, McKinley High School Cafeteria, 1039 South King Street.
- Salt Lake – Wednesday,
May 2, Radford High School Cafeteria, 4361 Salt Lake Boulevard.
- Kalihi – Thursday, May
3, Farrington High School Cafeteria, 1564 North King Street.
- Waipahu – Tuesday, May
8, Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria, 94-455 Farrington Highway.
- Mililani – Wednesday,
May 9, Mililani High School Cafeteria, 95-1200 Meheula Parkway.