Honolulu light metro now $1.1 billion (CAD $1.41 billion) over budget

Attention Metro Vancouver transit planners, it seems the Honolulu light-metro is now $1.1 billion (CAD $1.41 billion)over budget.

As TransLink aggressively pursues light metro for regional transit planning, alarm bells are sounding in Honolulu.

The trouble is, Factbender and the regional Mayors are not listening,Ai?? wanting prestigious transportation vanity projects, in the guise of SkyTrain light-metro and light rail, masquerading as SkyTrain light metro.

Until both parties show some maturity with transit planning and plan transit to cater to the needs of customers and not the election schedule, extra taxes in the guise of mobility taxes and road pricing, will be the order of the day.

The HONOLULU rail transit board is advising the city on Oahu Island how much light metro elevated transit can be constructed with the $6.8 billion now projected as the project cost, the “Hawaii News Now” site reports. The agency estimates it will need $7.9 billion to build the full 20 miles with 21 stations so a shorter route might be constructed with bus connections. The rail board has two months to present options to federal transit officials.

Rail board given options on how much rail can be built for $6.8B

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said the city’s proposed rail route will likely be shorter or have fewer stations with the revenue it expects to have.

HART presentedAi??the options to the rail board, which met Wednesday for the first time since the HonoluluAi??City Council voted to cap spending on the over-budget project last week.

According to HART projections, the rail line would end at Kapalama near Honolulu Community with the money it expects to have — $6.8 billion. HART estimates it will cost more than $7.9 billion to build all 20 miles of rail with 21 rail stations.

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