Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann made his, "State of Rail Transit," speech on October 29, 2009 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium. His official speech, in its entirety, can be found at www.honolulu.gov/mayor/stateoftherailtransit102909.pdf.
The project is a 20-mile elevated rail line that will connect West O`ahu with downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana Center. The system features 21 stations and electric, steel-wheel trains capable of carrying more than 300 passengers each. (See www.honolulutransit.org.) The project will rely, in part, on the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program.