As recently as last year, the price for the 20-mile line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center with 21 stations was estimated at $5.26 billion. The cost is now estimated by HART to be nearly $8 billion. The Federal Transit Administration, which initially agreed to contribute $1.55 billion to the project, recently said the final price tag could be more than $10 billion.
With only about $6.8 billion thought to be available for the project, HART – and Mayor Kirk Caldwell – presented cheaper alternatives during a meeting earlier this summer, which are shown above. HART is currently in the process of creating a new financing plan in response to demands from the FTA.
Explore the graphic above to learn more about the alternatives.