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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii


December 7, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Representative Colleen Hanabusa met with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers regarding the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) rail project and the FTA’s letter dated December 6, 2016.

Congresswoman Hanabusa:  I had a very productive meeting with Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers today, and I remain confident of the FTA’s continuing commitment to partner with the City and County of Honolulu on the rail project.  While the FTA letter dated December 6, 2017 did not grant the City’s request for a July 30, 2017 Recovery Plan submission date, it did provide an earlier date (April 30, 2017) that will actually benefit the City by allowing access to the next layer (tronch) of federal funds following the submission of an acceptable Recovery Plan.  I encourage HART, under the leadership of Krishniah Murthy, to continue working closely with the FTA as they prepare their Recovery Plan consistent with FTA guidance.