Rail transit project resumes

Construction for Oahu’s rail transit project resumed in Ewa Monday morning.

It was halted after the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that archaeological survey work should have been completed on the entire 20-mile route before construction in leeward Oahu began.

On Sept. 11, the Honolulu City Council passed Resolution 13-203 and Resolution 13-208 to restart rail project construction.

Resolution 13-203: Resolution authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, relating to a master agreement between the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii for sections of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project from Kamehameha Highway to Ala Moana Center, and an agreement with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) relating to the city’s assignment and HART’s assumption of the city’s obligations thereunder.

The resolution passed unanimously with Councilmember Ann Kobayashi voting aye w/reservations.

Resolution 13-208: Resolution granting a special management area use permit and shoreline setback variance to construct portions of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP).

The resolution passed unanimously with Councilmembers Ann Kobayashi and Joey Manahan voting aye w/reservations.

Transit and city officials will be on hand to observe Monday’s project restart.

Click here for scheduled road closures due to rail construction.

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