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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  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.