LaHood visits Honolulu to discuss rail project

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 4:23 PM
LaHood visits Honolulu to discuss rail project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is meeting with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle to discuss the city's planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line.

LaHood, Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and other officials were to join Carlisle at a briefing Wednesday on the rail transit project. LaHood oversees the Federal Transit Administration, which has pledged to sign an agreement providing at least $1.5 billion for the rail.

LaHood plans to tour the port and talk with people about how to "rev up this economy in Hawaii."

This is LaHood's first visit to the state since being appointed by President Barack Obama. He arrived Tuesday and attended a reception with local and state lawmakers.

He is scheduled to leave Thursday morning.