Mahalo for your support of Friends of Rail in the days leading to the special session and during the session itself. Whether you donated money, joined us for signwaving, submitted testimony, or just liked the Friends of Rail Facebook page, we truly appreciate your kokua. We were encouraged by the thousands of visitors to our website and Facebook page and any and all efforts made to ensure Honolulu’s rail project received the funds needed to finish construction all the way to Ala Moana Center, as planned.
In light of the passage of SB 4, SD 1, now signed into law as Act 1 (2017 Special Session), we are hopeful the Federal Transit Administration will determine the funding sources provided by Act 1 are sufficient. We are told that determination could take anywhere from three to six months. If the funding is deemed insufficient, we will look to the legislature to quickly fix any shortfall and do everything necessary to meet the requirements of the Full Funding Grant Agreement, including working collaboratively with elected officials from every island to produce a fair remedial solution.
As you recall, on June 16, 2017, the House and Senate leaders committed to the FTA, “the strength of our collective resolve to craft a legislative solution that will provide the City and County of Honolulu with a dedicated revenue stream that, along with the Full Funding Grant Agreement, will enable the City and County of Honolulu to complete construction of . . . the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.” We remain optimistic our legislative leaders will do exactly that to ensure the project is successfully completed.
Friends of Rail will continue to support the project by educating the public and lawmakers about the benefits of the project and how, once built, it will continue to boost our state economically, while supporting innovation and a sustainable future. We will continue to reach out to you and other rail supporters in the coming months and plan to provide bulletins and host events to keep you updated on important issues around the project. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Friends of Rail at HawaiiFriendsofRail@gmail.com or visit our website at www.finishrailnow.com.
Mahalo nui loa,
Friends of Rail