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Frequently Asked Questions - GET Surcharge

FAQs - GET Surcharge
Who will be paying for construction of rail transit?

$1.55 billion of the construction cost is being paid for with funds from the Federal Transit Administration. A large percentage is being paid by tourists making purchases on Oahu (to which the half-percent GET surcharge applies), and the balance is being paid by residents and businesses (through the half-percent GET surcharge).

See: Full Funding Grant Agreement

Isn't HART borrowing money to pay for the rail project?

The project is only using short-term bonds that will be paid back using federal funds and revenue collected from the GET surcharge. 

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation