Inouye Says He’s a ‘Realist’ About Rail Project

·By Adrienne LaFrance

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Senator and long-time rail champion indicates next 13 months are critical.

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Adrienne LaFrance

Adrienne LaFrance is a reporter for Digital First Media and a Civil Beat contributor based in New York City and Washington, D.C. Adrienne focuses on Hawaii's congressional delegation and federal agencies that do business with the state. Before moving to Washington, Adrienne was Civil Beat's Honolulu reporter. Before that, she was a local news anchor for Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii’s NPR affiliate, and served as managing editor of Honolulu Weekly. Adrienne also worked as a reporter for Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, and as a producer and news writer at WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and several other newspapers and magazines. Adrienne taught journalism at the University of Hawaii and was active on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and her M.S. in journalism from Boston University. You can follow Adrienne on twitter @AdrienneLaF.
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  1. Honolulu's rail project is one of nine across the country that are vying for a piece of the $510 million, according to an official with the Federal Transit Administration.


  2. Honolulu has indicated that it wants $1.55 billion from the federal government to help pay for rail. The authors of the rail project's most recent financial plan estimated receiving $125 million in 2012. President Barack Obama asked Congress for $250 million for the Honolulu project in 2012. The spending bill that Obama signed into law makes Honolulu eligible for a portion of $510 million in federal funds next year, but the Federal Transit Administration told Civil Beat that eight other projects are also vying for a piece of that money.