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Frequently Asked Questions - HART

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. 

What is the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation?

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is a semi-autonomous public transit authority responsible for the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and expansion of the city's fixed guideway system. HART is governed by a 10-member board composed of the state Department of Transportation director; the City Department of Transportation Services director; and six volunteers from the community: three appointed by the Mayor, three by the City Council. The director of the city Department of Planning and Permitting also serves as a non-voting member. The voting members appoint the tenth member to the board.

Have we received any Federal funding?

Yes. To date, HART has received $806,267,358, part of the $1.55 billion federal Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) that was approved in 2012 to pay for the construction of Honolulu's rail project. President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget once again includes full funding for the Honolulu rail transit project.

See: Full Funding Grant Agreement

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation