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Honolulu Welcomes First Railcar

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) took delivery of its first two train cars March 24 at Honolulu Harbor following the vehicles' 10-day trip across the Pacific Ocean. HART Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Dan Grabauskas, at microphone, said, “It is an important milestone in any rail project, particularly a new system, to get the first cars built and completed for testing. Getting the first two cars here is a significant accomplishment for our project.” The aluminum car shells were fabricated at the Hitachi Rail Italy/Ansaldo Breda plants in Italy and shipped to Pittsburg, CA, for final assembly before being delivered to Honolulu. HART has ordered a fleet of 80 railcars, which will operate in four-car trains—each one equipped with a rack for surfboards and luggage. The 10-mile long route will open in late 2018, officials say.
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