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Honolulu delivers revised rail recovery plan to US officials

June 8, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — The head of Honolulu’s planned rail line has submitted a revised recovery plan for the $9.2 billion project.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO Andrew Robbins hand-delivered the plan to federal officials in San Francisco on Friday.

The Federal Transit Administration has been withholding about $744 million in promised funding until it approves an updated recovery plan.

The agency demanded that the city submit a recovery plan when the project’s price tag jumped from $5.3 billion.

The City Council approved the plan by an 8-1 vote on Wednesday. Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi was the lone “no” vote.

The 20-mile (32-kilometer) long rail line is due to connect Honolulu’s western suburbs to the airport, downtown and the Ala Moana Center, Oahu’s biggest mall.

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