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On September 30, 2022, it was announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) accepted HART’s 2022 Recovery Plan. The Recovery Plan was required by the FTA to document HART’s plans for the completion of the rail project within the amount of funding that is forecast to be available. With the approval of the Recovery Plan, HART is now eligible to receive the remaining $744 million in federal funding under the Full Funding Grant Agreement.

The next step will be to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) based on the Recovery Plan scope and financial plan. Completing an amended FFGA will be the first funding-related milestone upon which the FTA will release $125 million in withheld funds.

The accepted Recovery Plan includes:
A temporary rail terminus at the Civic Center Station, located at the intersection of Halekauwila Street and South Street, and deferral of the Pearl Highlands Parking Garage. The FTA is currently conducting an environmental reevaluation of the truncated scope.

HART remains committed to completing the full scope of the project to the Ala Moana Transit Center in a subsequent phase of the project.

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