With new public-private partnerships, rail CEO promises hundreds of millions of dollars in savings

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Hawaii P3s have made the news. In Honolulu, a P3 could save an estimated $300 million over the next 30 years.

After two days of political bickering over a letter from the federal government that seemed to threaten sanctions against Honolulu’s rail transit project, rail CEO Andrew Robbins offered a message of reassurance this week.

Robbins said he met with top officials of the Federal Transit Administration in Nashville and said Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation would easily meet the deadlines laid out in the FTA letter.

The 60-day deadline for a financial and recovery plan ― to respond to rising costs and limited tax revenue ― caused the most headache this week. P3 proponents in Hawaii cited a recent Los Angeles P3 that beat budget expectations and created a successful addition to their airport.

On Tuesday, in response to the FTA demands, Mayor Kirk Caldwell called for urgent action by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the City Council while Council Chairman Ernie Martin told the mayor not to panic.

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