Rolling stock consist of 80 cars
Construction of Honolulu Rail Transit system is going on since couple of years. The line is scheduled to open in two phases: 2017: East Kapolei – Aloha Stadium
2019 and Aloha Stadium – Ala Moana Center
The rail line, as currently planned, will be built starting from suburban areas in Kapolei and Ewa, and progressing towards the urban center in Honolulu. There will be 112 columns from East Kapolei to Ewa.
This is because the first phase includes a base yard for trains, and a planning decision by the city to delay the major infrastructure impacts associated with construction in the urban center to later phases of the project.
Future extensions are planned to eventually service the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Waikiki, as well as Kalaeloa.
On October 21, 2009, the city announced Kiewit Pacific Co. had won the $483 million contract to build the first two stages of the line, bidding $90 million under the expected price. The stations will be tendered separately.
Rolling stock for the line will initially include 80 cars in 40 two-car consists, built by a joint venture between AnsaldoBreda and Ansaldo STS named Ansaldo Honolulu.
AnsaldoBreda and Ansaldo STS earlier collaborated on the construction and operation of vehicles for the Copenhagen Metro and the Brescia Metro. Each car will be 64 ft (20 m) long, weigh 72,000 lb (33,000 kg), and have 36 seats with a listed total capacity of 195 people.
The cars will be powered by a third-rail electrification system. The two competing bidders for the rail car contract, Bombardier Transportation and Sumitomo Corporation of America, filed protests over the award. Both protests were rejected during the administrative process, but Bombardier sought judicial review of their bid protest. The administrative decision against Bombardier's protest was affirmed by both the state Circuit Court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals.
Source: City of Honolulu
Honolulu Rail Transit
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