HART breaks ground on Kamehameha Hwy. rail stations

Ground was broken Thursday on a new group of stations for Honolulu’s rail project.

A ceremony was held at the Pearl Highlands Station project site off Kamehameha Highway.

“Someday we’re going to have a 1,600-stall parking garage here, a transit center, an offramp coming down from the H-2, and people are going to live better out on this side of the island,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The Kamehameha Highway stations group also includes the Pearlridge Station and the station at Aloha Stadium. Nan Inc. will build all three under a $115 million contract.

Ever since rail work began in Pearl City, the community has struggled with traffic and loss of business in the area.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says it understands the hardships and appreciates the community’s patience. Deputy executive director Brennon Morioka says he hopes this will allow the community to “see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Now we’re really going to start to see the finishing aspects of our guideway and our overall rail system all the way to Aloha Stadium. This is a very exciting point in time for us as a rail project,” he said.

HART recently borrowed an additional $20 million from the city’s short-term credit to “meet our cash flow and management needs.”

Officials say they’re still on course to deliver an updated financial plan to the Federal Transit Administration by the end of the year.

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