HONOLULU (AP) - The Federal Transit Administration said it will provide Honolulu with $1.5 billion to build a rail line.
The FTA notified the Senate Committee on Appropriations of its plans. The law requires the FTA to notify Congress 30 days before it signs a full funding grant agreement.
Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said Monday that the notification is an important step toward federal funding for Honolulu rail. He said the train line will bring welcome relief to West Oahu residents who spend too much time stuck in traffic.
The 20-mile rail line is expected to cost $5.5 billion to build. It will run from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive $200 million immediately after signing the agreement with the FTA.