Rail ready to break ground

The public is welcome to attend a Feb. 22 ceremony in Kapolei

By Gene Park

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 201

After decades of debate and planning, the first shovels of dirt will be turned over to make way for Honolulu’s rail transit system on Feb. 22.

The pivotal groundbreaking ceremony for the 20-mile, $5.5 billion system will be open to the public at 10 a.m. along Kualakai Parkway, otherwise known as North-South Road, in Kapolei.

“Many people have waited so long and worked hard to finally get to this point,” Mayor Peter Carlisle said in a statement. “This project will provide thousands of jobs for our local work force, relieve traffic congestion and pave the way for an exciting and better future for Oahu residents.”

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