We need to support the immediate opening of the rail to deliver a finished product to the people of the city and county of Honolulu.
- In November 2012, The Federal Transit Authority notified congress that it would be signing a $1.55 Billion full funding grant agreement with the City and County of Honolulu.
- In 2015 the Hawaii State Legislature extended the GET surcharge to fund the rail. In 2017 the legislature extended the GET and increased the TAT to fund the rail. In 2019, the city council is required to fund $214 million annually towards rail construction per the 2018 rail recovery plan.
- The 2022 HART recovery plan was submitted to the FTA suggesting deferring the Pearl Highlands parking garage, proposing a mauka shift in the airport corridor, and ending the rail at the civic center 1.25 miles short of Ala Moana.
- We can’t keep investing and investing in infrastructure that no one is utilizing and is not benefiting the residents of O’ahu. The continued spending of money on rail is not justified without ridership or revenue creation.
- The expectation of investment is a return and our efforts should focus on bringing the biggest return to the potential riders of the rail including but not limited to university students, airport workers, and Aloha Stadium guests.
- In the portion that is opened, there needs to be real talks about how to build around the rail to bring in revenue for operations and never have to raise taxes on the residents for the rail.