State roundup for November 20
$1.5B promised for Honolulu rail
HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration says it will provide Honolulu with $1.5 billion to build a rail line.
The FTA notified the Senate Committee on Appropriations of its plans. The law requires the FTA to notify Congress 30 days before it signs a full funding grant agreement.
Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said Monday the notification is an important step toward federal funding for Honolulu rail. He says the train line will bring welcome relief to West Oahu residents who spend too much time stuck in traffic.
The 20-mile rail line is expected to cost $5.5 billion to build. It will run from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive $200 million immediately after signing the agreement with the FTA.
Maui will turn waste to energy
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Maui County is looking for a company to convert the island’s solid waste into energy.
The goal is to cut down on the amount of trash that ends up in the central landfill.
The plan calls for the Department of Environmental Management leasing approximately 10 acres of land next to the landfill to the company that gets the contract. That company would be required to finance, design, build and operate the project.
In return, the county would make available all of its waste streams to the facility for 20 years. Those would include solid waste, green waste, sewage sludge and grease.
At this time, only about 30 percent of the county’s trash is diverted from landfills and either recycled or put to some other use.
Water main buckles street
HONOLULU (AP) — It appeared that it would take all day to clean up the mess from a water main break near Salt Lake in Honolulu.
The 8-inch water main break occurred early Monday morning and buckled a portion of Ahua Street. The break occurred just after 3 a.m.
Crews cut off the flow of water and storm drains were draining the water away, but it is possible that some buildings are flooded.
A water wagon is being provided for nine businesses without water.
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