Honolulu Rail Transit Project
The project is a 20-mile-long fixed guideway rail system along Oʻahu’s south shore between East Kapolei and Ala Moana Center and includes 21 stations. The alignment is elevated, except for a 0.6-mile at-grade portion at the Leeward Community College station. The project is intended to provide faster, more reliable public transportation service than can be achieved with buses operating in congested mixed-flow traffic and improve transit links within the corridor.
About the Project
As part of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) accepted Recovery Plan, HART and the City and County of Honolulu have amended the scope of the project to reduce the federally funded original Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) scope by postponing the last 1.25 miles of guideway, the final two stations (Kakaʻako and Ala Moana), and the Pearl Highlands Parking Garage. The revised description will be 18.75 miles and 19 stations.
HART is working with the FTA on an amended document proposed in the Recovery Plan for environmental clearances. An extension from the Civic Center Station to the Ala Moana Transit Center and a parking facility will be completed in a separate project phase.
HART’s newly accepted Recovery Plan will allow HART to update the project progress based on the revised scope and schedule included in the Recovery Plan.
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Benefits of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project
The Hawaiʻi State Legislature authorizes a 0.5% General Excise Tax surcharge to provide local funding for a mass transit system.
The Honolulu City Council selects a fixed guideway system from Kapolei to Waikīkī and UH-Mānoa as the Locally Preferred Alternative.
The Honolulu City Council recommends an initial 20-mile route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center for the first construction phase.
Voters confirm decision to utilize steel-wheel on steel-rail technology. The City completes the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Officials shift the route from Salt Lake to the Honolulu International Airport.
Voters establish HART as a semi-autonomous authority to build and operate the rail transit system.
Governor Neil Abercrombie accepts the project’s Environmental Impact Statement.
The Federal Transit Administration issues a Record of Decision to approve construction.
A ceremonial project groundbreaking is held at the site of the Kualaka‘i Station in East Kapolei.
State Supreme Court rules that archaeological studies were improperly phased. Construction activities are halted.
The Federal Transit Administration issues a Full Funding Grant Agreement to provide $1.55 billion in Federal New Station Funding to construct the project, or about 32% of the estimated $5.1 billion project cost.
HART completes the archaeological studies and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Permits are reissued and construction resumes.
The Hawai‘i State Legislature extends the 0.5% General Excise Tax for five years until 2027 to raise an additional $1.2 billion in funding for the project.
Rail operations from HART to Department of Transportation Services.
To provide an additional $2.4 billion in funding for the project, the Hawai‘i State Legislature extends the 0.5% GET for three additional years until December 2030, and also raises the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) by 1% as an additional local funding source until December 2030.
HART energizes the third rail and begins Dynamic train testing between East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium.
HART terminates the procurement of Public-Private Partnership (P3) contract for the construction of the City Center Guideway and Stations segment of the Project.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi signed Bill 40 into law to support restore Transient Accommodations Tax revenue.
The Honolulu City Council approved Bill 40 to implement a 3% new City Transient Accommodations Tax on visitor accommodations, allocating revenue for the rail project.
Prior to its submission to the Federal Transit Administration, the HART Board of Directors, the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Health and Sustainability approves HART’s Recovery Plan.
HART awards CCUR III Downtown construction contract to Frank V. Coluccio Construction Company, Inc.
HART submits the 2022 Recovery Plan to the FTA.
HART awards CCUR IV Dillingham construction contract to Nan, Inc.
The Honolulu Rail System enters Trial Running Phase for the operating segment one.
The Federal Transit Administration accepts HART’s 2022 Recovery Plan.
HART and Hitachi Rail Honolulu conducts an emergency training exercise involving the City’s first responders between the Kualakaʻi (East Kapolei) Station and the Keone‘ae (UH-West O‘ahu) Station.
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Overall Project Progress percentage below is based on the latest Estimate at Completion and the March 2031 Operational Readiness date.