Mayor: Rail contract coming in below budget

Mayor: Rail contract coming in below budget

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another contract has been awarded for Oahu's rail transit, and so far Honolulu's mayor says all deals have been under estimated costs. Mufi Hannemann made the announcement just after signing Honolulu's budget for the next fiscal year.

It includes cuts, furlough days for city employees to deal with an estimated shortfall. What will help is the contract awarded to Kiewit Kobayashi to build maintenance and storage facilities for the rail project

The four structures will go up on 43 acres next to Leeward Community College and Waipahu High School.

"The contract award is approximately $195 million, it's going to result in a $60 million figure that came in below budget" said Hannemann.

The city will require those maintenance buildings to be green, with solar panels, recycled building materials and plants even on roofs to help naturally cool the buildings.

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