HONOLULU — The Latest on a commuter train planned for Honolulu and nearby suburbs (all times local):
Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he expects to sign a bill that provides funding to bail out Honolulu’s financially troubled rail transit project.
Ige said Friday he expects to sign the bill after a review.
He made the comment after the state House of Representatives passed a bill to raise $2.4 billion in taxes for the commuter train planned for Honolulu and nearby suburbs on the last day of a special legislative session.
The $9.5 billion rail transit line, one of the most expensive per-capita in the nation, is less than half built and faces a shortfall up to $3 billion.
Among other things, the bill would raise the hotel tax statewide by 1 percentage point to 10.25 percent for 13 years, through 2030.
Hawaii lawmakers are bailing out Honolulu’s financially troubled rail transit project.
The state House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to raise $2.4 billion in taxes for the commuter train.
The planned rail line is among the most expensive per capita in the nation.
The $9.5 billion system is less than half-way built and faces a shortfall up to $3 billion.
Rail officials are up against a Sept. 15 deadline from the federal government to show they can pay for the project. Without that they risk losing $1.5 billion in federal dollars.
Republican representatives introduced floor amendments to cap money going to rail and exclude neighbor islands from a hotel tax increase but these failed to pass.
The proposal passed the Senate Wednesday and now heads to Gov. David Ige for his approval.