Official Groundbreaking today for Honolulu Rail Project

February 22, 2011, 12:36 AM HST · Updated February 22, 12:36 AM
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By Wendy Osher

Image courtesy: http://www.honolulutransit.org/

The City and County of Honolulu will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking and blessing today for the $5.5 billion Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project.

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“This is a time to celebrate,” said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. “Many people have waited so long and worked hard to finally get to this point. This project will provide thousands of jobs for our local work force, relieve traffic congestion, and pave the way for an exciting and better future for Oahu residents,” said Carlisle.

When complete, the 20-mile elevated rail system will connect East Kapolei with Ala Moana Center. It includes 21 stations in communities including Waipahu, Pearl City, Aiea, Kalihi, Chinatown, Downtown Honolulu, and Kakaako. There will also be stations at activity centers such as UH-West Oahu, Leeward Community College, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu International Airport, and Honolulu Community College.

The groundbreaking begins at 10 a.m. along Kualakai Parkway in Kapolei.

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