Honolulu Mayor, FTA Administrator Discuss Honolulu Rail Transit Project

WASHINGTON — Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Honolulu City Council Chair Todd Apo met with FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff to discuss the progress of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

“Our meeting was productive,” Hannemann said. “We discussed the status of the FEIS and we were assured by Administrator Rogoff of the FTA’s commitment for expeditious processing of our rail transit project.”

The Administrator stated that he is working quickly and aggressively with the Federal Aviation Administration to reach a resolution on the rail alignment through the airport, and he expects that to happen shortly.

“Administrator Rogoff emphasized that the FEIS is a FTA document and it will be released when the FAA issue is resolved,” Hannemann said.

The FTA is not requiring the City to revisit or change its financial plan, and the agency has included $55 million in the Obama administration’s budget for the project for next fiscal year, officials said. The FTA expects to agree to invest a total amount of $1.55 billion in Honolulu Rail.