On January 18, 2011, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a record of decision (ROD) for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project, a major milestone for a transportation project.
The ROD is a concise public record of FTA's decision. It identifies the project and mitigation necessary to avoid or minimize environmental harm. Issuance of the ROD allows the Project to move forward with final design and construction.
According to a City press release, "Today marks an important milestone in Oahu’s quest to become a more transit-friendly island,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “With the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process, the City of Honolulu has met all of the laws and regulations of the environmental review and we look forward to the day when Honolulu’s citizens can ride the rails in comfort, breathe cleaner air, and avoid getting stuck in time-wasting traffic jams.”
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