What Would Honolulu Save By Pulling The Plug On Rail?

A new federal estimate that Honolulu rail construction could cost up to $8.1 billion — nearly $3 billion over the original budget — is forcing city officials to re-evaluate the size and scope of the largest public works project in the state’s history.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board has scheduled a special meeting June 8 in response to the news and will likely discuss alternatives to building the planned steel-on-steel rail line all the way from West Oahu to Ala Moana.

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