Honolulu mayor discusses rail in Washington

Published  1:52 PM HST Apr 23, 2013

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is in Washington, D.C. this week updating federal officials on progress of Honolulu's rail transit project.
During meetings Tuesday, Caldwell assured U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff that the city is moving forward with rail.
The meetings come after Caldwell defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano in an election that became a referendum on the city's construction of the $5 billion rail line. This is also Caldwell's first out-of-state trip since taking office in January.
Caldwell says he received reiterated commitment to the full federal funding agreement of $1.5 billion.
Joining him are City Council Chairman Ernie Martin and officials from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
Managing Director Ember Shinn is acting mayor until Caldwell returns on Thursday.

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