Inouye Says He's a 'Realist' About Rail Project

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye has repeatedly promised that he can deliver hefty federal funding to help pay for Honolulu's $5.2 billion rail project.

But he acknowledged to Civil Beat this week that it's not a done deal.

"I'm a realist," Inouye said, recalling the city's 1992 attempt to build rail that failed when the City Council scrapped the project by a one-vote margin. That occurred, the senator said, despite his having secured federal funding.

"Maybe I should be a bit more dramatic and scream and yell," Inouye said. "But that's not me, you know?"

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