HONOLULU –Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Hawaii State Legislature’s announcement of a bill to fund the Honolulu rail project:
“Today’s announcement is critical for the completion of the rail project, and I appreciate what has been a difficult decision for the State Legislature. As a member of the Hawaii Congressional delegation, I secured support for the rail project from the Federal Transit Administration, which included $1.55 billion in the FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement.
“While cost changes should be anticipated in a project of this magnitude, the drastic increase in the cost of this project is deeply concerning. State lawmakers are prepared to secure additional funding to see the rail project through. However, it is incumbent on HART and the City to stay on budget and deliver on time.”