Unity on Rail a Good Sign, Harimoto Says

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

The unity of federal, state and local officials who rallied behind Honolulu's rail project Wednesday began to ease the concerns of the City Council's transportation chair.

Breene Harimoto told Civil Beat Tuesday that he has growing concerns about the rail project, and said it would be "extremely difficult to continue the project" if his concerns are left unresolved.

After Wednesday's meeting, Harimoto said his concerns were "somewhat" alleviated.

For the first time, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Transportation Administrator Administrator Peter Rogoff, all four members of Hawaii's congressional delegation and Gov. Neil Abercrombie gathered at Honolulu Hale to hear a briefing from Mayor Peter Carlisle about the city's $5.5 billion plan. Harimoto and his vice chair on the Transportation Committee, Ernie Martin, also attended.

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