Large delivery for Honolulu’s rail project unloaded at Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A big delivery was made at Pier 2 at Honolulu Harbor on Wednesday.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit accepted the third rail car in its growing fleet of cars that will run along the estimated 20-mile route.

HART officials say the car was put together at an assembly plant in Pittsburg, California, hauled to a port in San Diego, and eventually delivered across the Pacific to Honolulu.

"This is a significant step forward in the delivery of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project," said HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins. "We've conducted extensive testing of our first two initial trains over the last several months and, with more trains making their way to Honolulu, we are getting closer to providing much-anticipated passenger service."

Starting Thursday, each of the rail cars that make up the train will be transported to the Rail Operations Center in Waipahu.

The move will take place overnight, minimizing the impact to traffic.

More trains are expected to be delivered in the coming months, and eventually 20 trains will complete the full fleet.

Developers are anticipating interim service beginning in late 2020.

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