Rail construction starts ahead of full funding grant agreement
By Andrew Pereira
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -
Major construction of the city’s $5.3 billion rail project began Monday with supporters pledging that it cannot be stopped.
A drilling apparatus was set up just off of North-South Road despite not yet securing $1.55 billion in federal funds and a lawsuit that hopes to stop the project.
"It will take World War III to keep us from getting $1.55 billion from the federal government," said Carlisle. "If there's anybody who I would trust telling me that is Dan Inouye and the rest of our congressional delegation."
"The optimism that I've heard from those folks that we're going to see the funds lets me believe that the column that you see beginning construction today is going to be there 100 years from now," said Daniel Grabauskas, HART's executive director and CEO.