Oahu rail project completes five miles of guideway

The city reported Friday that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has completed five miles of guideway for Oahu’s rail transit system — 25 percent of the project’s elevated guideway work for the 20-mile system.

The five miles of guideway includes more than 215 spans. Each span, which is the portion of guideway between two columns, typically consists of 12 segments. And each segment weighs about 50 tons.

“It’s exciting to see the progress and it’s a reminder that there are many people working hard each day to bring the project to fruition,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas. “We also want to thank the public for their patience during construction and for driving safely through our construction zones.”

In November, the Honolulu City Council budget committee approved the general excise tax surcharge extension to fund the project, putting a $910-million cap on the extension, instead of the full $1.5 billion that would come from the five-year extension.

The full council still needs to approve the bill twice before the general excise tax surcharge is extended. The last vote is expected next year.

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