City Council schedules meeting to approve rail grant

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to approve a resolution that will authorize federal funding for the city's rail project.

Local rail supporters had reason to celebrate earlier this week after the FTA notified Congress that it planned to sign the formal agreement with the city, probably sometime in December.

"Adoption of the resolution to authorize the Full Funding Grant Agreement is an important step for the Council," said Council Chair Ernest Martin. " It is one of the most significant decisions that the Council must make to demonstrate support for the rail project."

All nine Councilmembers will meet Thursday to vote on the $1.5 billion dollar deal.

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