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Honolulu Rail Transit secures funding approval, United States [free access]

September 12, 2017

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has secured funding approval to complete the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor’s (HHCTC) minimum operating segment (MOS).


The HHCTC will span 32 km (20 miles) from East Kapolei in the west to Ala Moana Center in the east via the Honolulu International Airport, covering 21 stations. The electrified (third rail) line would be almost entirely on elevated structure in existing public rights-of-way, primarily arterial streets. The main stations include Waipahu, Pearl City, Aiea, Kalihi, Chinatown, Honolulu International Airport, Downtown and two terminal stations (East Kapolei and Kaka’ako).


The section from East Kapolei to the Aloha Stadium is expected to open in 2020 and the entire system is expected to be fully operational by 2025. The average daily ridership is estimated to be 116,000 passengers by 2030.


A fleet of 20 driverless four-car train sets is being procured under a USD1.33-billion design-build-operate-maintain contract. Each car is 20 metres (64 feet) long and has capacity to accommodate 195 passengers (36 seats).