Feds: Honolulu Must Add $25M More Cash to Rail

Wed May 22, 2019 - West Edition #11
Associated Press


Honolulu must commit $25 million in city funds toward rail construction in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Honolulu must commit $25 million in city funds toward rail construction in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

HONOLULU (AP) Honolulu must contribute more money to help construct the city's rail line before getting any of the $744 million in federal funding that has been withheld from the project.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a Federal Transit Administration spokeswoman said May 7 the agency is insisting the city provide more money.

Honolulu must commit $25 million in city funds toward rail construction in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The city also must commit $92 million more in the next seven years before the federal government will resume funding the project.

The cost of the rail project has skyrocketed from about $5.2 billion to about $9.2 billion, forcing city officials to seek bailouts from the Hawaii Legislature in 2015 and 2017 that totaled billions of dollars.

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