Airport tram on track for 2019 opening
Schwager Davis Inc. ironworker Cass Via guides an equipment operator Tuesday afternoon who is lowering a section of track into place for the tram that will connect Kahului Airport to the new consolidated rental car facility building. The track, which will serve as a guide for the rubber-tired tram, features two automatic track switches and three crosswalks. Via said the crosswalk sections of track will automatically rotate, kind of like a rolling log, to disappear out of the way when the crosswalk is in use. The tram will shuttle people between the airport and car rental facility. The 1.5 million-square-foot rental car building is on track to be finished in October. After completion of construction, vendors will have six months to prepare their spaces for next year’s opening.
SECOND PHOTO: SDI ironworker Mo Barrozo is guided by Cass Via as he moves a section of track into place Tuesday.
THIRD PHOTO: One of the two-car passenger trains is visible in the background.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos