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2/9/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Honolulu seeks bids for new commuter-rail line's first segment


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The city and county of Honolulu recently issued the first request for proposal for the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit commuter-rail project.

The city plans to award a construction contract for the 6.5-mile first segment of the elevated guideway between East Kapolei and Pearl Highlands. Expected to total between $550 million and $600 million, the design-build contract will include track and guideway viaduct construction, and surface restoration.
    
Bids are due March 13. The selection process will take about six months and Honolulu officials expect to award a contract in fall.

Later this year, the city and county plan to issue RFPs for rail station final design and maintenance yard construction. The city also plans to begin procuring vehicles, and traction power and train-control systems this year.

The Honolulu Rail Transit project is a proposed 20-mile elevated line that will connect West O'ahu with downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana, and eventually extend to Honolulu International Airport, Waikiki, the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Kalaeloa.


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