Two bills moved forward that would make $250 million available for the rail project for fiscal year 2014.
It’s part of the full-funding grant agreement that was signed in December 2012, which secures $1.5 billion in federal funding overall for the life of the project.
“And with that agreement, we’re seeing a full commitment from the House and Senate,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
“It’s a significant step forward. It’s a great day for us and it just means that we are looking forward that much more to getting this project in and built for the community here in Oahu,” Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas said.
This is the single-largest grant for any project anywhere in the United States.