On 24 March the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), Hawaii, and the city’s mayor announced that the first two driverless railcars, supplied by the Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture, have arrived at the city’s harbour.
The fully automated line will be 32 km long completed and comprise 21 stations. It will have a fleet of 80 train cars, with approximately 17 four-car trains in operation during peak travel periods. It is projected to have 119,000 daily passengers.
Other project milestones came earlier this year, with the ground breaking ceremony of the first metro station in February and the first five miles (8 km) of elevated guideway completed in January.
Start of operation is planned for 2018 on an initial section from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium. The entire system, from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, is expected to be fully operational in 2021.