What are the major reasons the rail project’s costs have gone up?

HART CEO Dan Grabauskas answers community questions about rail transit.

The recent projected cost increases are due in part to lengthy legal challenges and the construction and other delays they caused, which have resulted in HART now calling for bids at a time when construction costs have risen dramatically and are now among the highest in the nation.  In addition, GET revenue forecast for the project is running behind by about $40 million, and HART has pledged not to use federal funds that have been going to TheBus, which has left us short another $210 million originally budgeted for the project.  The extension of the GET surcharge by five years will help HART meet the projected shortfall.

Visit the project webiste http://www.HonoluluTransit.org for more information.

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