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Rapid transit system changes design despite previous funding

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu rail officials say they are having construction firms create their own design plans for the second half of the island's 20-mile transit project, despite having spent more than $100 million in final design plans.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the redundancy is due to the three changes in the design and construction approach since the project began.

The private firms that have recently started bidding to build the guideway and stations are now creating their own design plans, which HART officials say will help rein in costs going forward.

HART officials say the completed designs will likely be incorporated into the new ones, but it's unclear how much of the plan will be used to build the actual project.

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