Meeting will offer overview of rail's impact on urban core

Meeting will offer overview of rail's impact on urban core

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Want to learn more about how the Honolulu rail project will affect the urban core?

Here's your chance: Rail project officials will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the impact of rail construction on a four-mile stretch, from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center.

The meeting will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the meeting is aimed at allowing the public to interact with officials in a venue with "ample audience seating."The meeting will also be televised live on Olelo.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation plans to build an elevated guideway and eight transit stations in the urban core. The work will have a big impact on traffic and underground utilities.

The most immediate concern is disruptions along Dillingham Boulevard.

Surrounding roadways such as Nimitz Highway and the H-1 Freeway will likely bear the brunt of traffic congestion from lane closures, rail critics say.

Traffic woes aren't the only public concern for the $6.9 billion project. Ongoing financial predictions of increasing costs and shortfalls continue to plague Hawaii's largest capital improvement project.

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