To provide an efficient and reliable transportation alternative for Honolulu's congested urban corridor, the Honolulu Rail Transit Project was established in 2005, with the support of federal, state and local officials. The project provides for a rail transit route running from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, with stations at 21 key commuter and visitor destinations, including Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu International Airport and downtown Honolulu, Oahu's core commercial and business center.
The elevated rail system will not be affected by accidents or congested streets and highways and will deliver riders to their destination on time, every time. Honolulu's modern, fully automated electrically powered rail system will take more than 40,000 vehicles off our roads every week day by 2030. Because the train will be electrically powered, it will use renewable energy sources, thereby reducing Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels. Rail transit will deliver reliable and affordable transportation service, enhancing the quality of life for Oahu's residents by freeing them from time spent in traffic congestion. The first section of the rail system, from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium, is slated to begin operating in 2017, and the entire route will be operational in 2019 when the remaining segment to Ala Moana Center is completed.