David Ige Wants to Build Along Oahu’s Transit Line

Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants the state to do a better job of using the land it owns, especially along the 20-mile elevated-rail line that the City and County of Honolulu is building.

Hawaii News Now quoted the governor as saying that thousands of affordable rental units could be built along the line, which will stretch between Kapolei in West Oahu and Ala Moana Center at the edge of Waikiki. One possibility: Replace the Hawaii Housing Authority's administrative offices in Kalihi with affordable rentals.

"We need to look at the whole transit route and look at all the state lands and then think about what would be the best use," Hawaii News Now quoted Ige as saying.

The first 10 miles of the rail route will go from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium in Central Oahu. The second 10-mile segment will take commuters into Downtown Honolulu and Kakaako and through the area that Ige is citing.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, the agency charged with building and maintaining the system, had been quoting the cost of construction at $5.16 billion. It said earlier this month that the cost could now reach $5.8 billion.

Courtesy of Pacific Business News

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