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United States : More Than $70M Coming to Hawaii for Transportation, Housing, Urban Development.

Hawaii will receive more than $70 million for transportation, housing and urban development projects, including $55 million for the completion of preliminary engineering and the final design of the Honolulu rail transit project, Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairmen Daniel K. Inouye announced today.

The full committee voted 17-12 with Senator Inouye voting in favor of the measure. The bill now goes before the full Senate for a vote before progressing to conference with House conferees.

"These funds will help ensure that Hawaii's working families and visitors can safely navigate around our islands. Their safe passage is critical to the maintenance of Hawaii's economy," said Chairman Inouye.

I am especially pleased that the $55 million needed to complete preliminary engineering and final design of the Honolulu rail transit project will be funded by this project. More than 70 percent of Hawaii's residents live and work on Oahu and a disproportionate number of them spend a majority of their morning and early evening fighting traffic."

The construction and maintenance of the rail transit project and the commercial and residential development that rises around it will create thousands of jobs and create work for a construction industry trying to emerge from the global recession. I remain committed to the rail project and will continue to do everything I can at the federal level to fund the work and ensure its timely completion," said Chairman Inouye.

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