FTA delays Honolulu rail funding agreement
HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Transit Authority is delaying its decision on whether to award $1.55 billion for Honolulu’s planned rail transit project.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/dTCYx ) reported Friday Hawaii officials say they have been told the FTA will not sign off on the funding agreement until after the November elections.
Rail has been a focus of Honolulu’s mayoral race, where former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is running against former Honolulu Managing Director Kirk Caldwell. Cayetano has centered his campaign on stopping the project.
It was expected that the funding would be finalized by the end of October.
The new estimate for the award comes as a delegation of Honolulu officials finished a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.