Completion of first rail transit structure in Kapolei unveiled

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first of many columns for the city's multi-billion dollar rail transit system is finally finished.  Mayor Peter Carlisle and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Dan Grabauskas were out in east Kapolei to unveil the structure that will support the tracks.  This comes just days after the Honolulu City Council approved a bill that allows HART to borrow as much as $450 million dollars in low-interest loans in case the project goes over budget.  The project still does not have the bulk of federal funding, but HART's Executive Director says construction will continue as planned.  "We've got all indications 'go'.  We've got the funding.  People have voted, the federal government has given us every indication that we are looking for our full funding grant agreement, which we'll be filling that draft application in just a couple weeks.  So every light is green right now", said HART Executive Director Dan Grabauskas.  The construction firm in charge of building the columns says the next one will go up in a couple of weeks.  Once that's done, they'll be installed three at a time.