Honolulu rail construction to continue through holidays

Published: Dec. 1, 2015 at 9:24 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM HST
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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Even though work on the Honolulu rail will continue through the holidays, drivers will be getting some traffic relief in just a few days.
Rail officials say crews will still be working on the 20-mile rail line, but there won't be any major lane closures from Dec. 11 through Jan. 3, 2016.
In the meantime, officials with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, which oversees the project, said they plan to open a portion of the rail line once crews complete the first 10 miles of the 20-mile route from east Kapolei to the Aloha Stadium sometime in 2018.  Five miles of the now-$6.6 billion project have already been completed.
The Honolulu City Council continues to hold public meetings this month on the proposed five-year extension of the .5 percent general exercise tax surcharge that rail officials say is needed to fund the roughly $1 billion shortfalls announced this fall that boosted the project's originally projected cost. Additionally, lower tax receipts, rising construction costs and legal fees to battle lawsuits has helped push not only the cost of the project, but its completion date two years back to 2021.
The public can stay informed of the project and learn more about the ongoing rail meetings in their community by visiting the rail website.
You can see several rail station renderings and simulated photos that show you how the elevated steel on steel line is expected to look in various parts of Oahu.
Here's the latest rail meeting information:
Business / Community Meeting (Regular monthly meeting to provide update on construction efforts along Kamehameha Highway)
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Doors open at 6 p.m.; Meeting starts at 6:30 pm
Pearl Ridge Elementary School cafeteria
98-940 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
HART at Kapolei Neighborhood Board
Wednesday, Dec. 2
7:00 p.m.
Kapolei High School Cafeteria
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway

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