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Bill Brennan
Director of Communications
1099 Alakea Street, Suite 1700
Honolulu, HI 96813
: 808-768-6197
: 808-228-1526
: Email

'Aukai Reynolds
Multimedia Administrator
1099 Alakea street, suite 1700
Honolulu, HI 96813
: 808-768-6239
: 808-781-4931
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HART Office
HART Receptionist
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Honolulu, HI 96813
: 808-768-6159
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HART CEO and Executive Director Dan Grabauskas answers community questions about rail transit.

QUESTION:

What are the major reasons the rail project's costs have gone up?

DAN GRABAUSKAS:

The recent projected cost increases are due in part to lengthy legal challenges and other delays. The delays have resulted in HART calling for bids in a time of dramatically rising construction costs, some of the higheset in the nation. In addition, GET revenue forecast for the project is running behind by about $40 million, and HART has pledged not to use federal funds that have been going to TheBus, which has left us short another $210 million originally budgeted for the project. The extension of the GET surcharge by five years will help HART meet the projected shortfall.

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation