Train on the Line


May 30, 2017 – Our project moves forward and reaches another key milestone. Honolulu Train #1 rolls for the first time on the elevated guideway from the Rail Operations Center to Waipahu Transit Center Station and West Loch Station. The Train is towed on the line for clearance test in preparation of Train Dynamic Tests starting this summer. People will see the Train running along this 2-mile-long Dynamic Test Section for the next few months. Hitachi will test train performances, including speed, acceleration, braking. Another step closer to the day when people will enjoy the ride.





Clockwise from top left: the train approaches West Loch Station on the Westbound Track; Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director Dr. Enrico Fontana briefs Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on the project progress; HART Interim CEO Krishniah Murthy updates media on train tests accompanied (right to left) by Councilman Joey Manahan, Mayor Kirk Caldwell,  Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director Dr. Enrico Fontana, Councilman Brandon Elefante, and HART Board Member Glenn Nohara; Manolo Morales of KHON2 and Allyson Blair of Hawaii News Now go live from the Rail Operations Center at the end of the day.

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Rail Operations Center Virtual Tour






Few recent pictures from the Rail Operations Center, where more than 300 local employees will operate and maintain 24/7 the 20-mile line between East Kapolei and Ala Moana Shopping Center. From top: the initial build out and installation of the operating system continues in the soon to be completed Operations Control Center; Train #1 few weeks from the first ride; the Multi-Purpose Vehicle near the Wheel Truing Facility, first Rail Operations vehicles, the rail/highway high-reach Rail Maintenance truck.






Unveiling of Honolulu Train #1

Honolulu, May 2, 2016 --Today, Honolulu’s Train # 1 was unveiled at the Rail Operations Center. The four car train, manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy, is a key component of the first driverless rail transit system in the USA.  Ansaldo Honolulu – a  Hawaii partnership between Hitachi Group Companies, Ansaldo STS (ASTS) and Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) – and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation presented the train to the community. Train # 1 of this World Class Transit System for Honolulu, was delivered on time. The successful achievement of meeting this deadline, represents another important step forward in the consolidation of Ansaldo STS‘s and Hitachi Rail Italy positions in the USA.





March 30, 2016 – Honolulu Train #1 arrived on time and is on its way to its new Rail Operations Center.


Delivering the Core Systems

Ansaldo Honolulu was awarded the $1.4-billion Core Systems Contract for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project to design, build, operate and maintain the train vehicles in addition to the operations and control center. Ansaldo Honolulu has teamed up with HART – the Honolulu
Authority for Rapid Transportation – to deliver the first fully automated driverless urban rail transit system in the United States.

Ansaldo Honolulu has coordinated a large team with hundreds of engineers, managers and workers in more than twenty states across the nation, including Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Factories in these U.S. cities will soon begin shipping high-technology systems and materials to Hawaii to help build Honolulu’s world class transit system.

Start of Train Manufacturing: 2014
First Train in Honolulu: 2016
Passenger Service: 2020
Anticipated Direct Local Jobs for Operations and Maintenance: 300

A Fast, Safe and Reliable Alternative to Traffic Gridlock

Passengers will ride in air conditioned comfort from Kapolei to Ala Moana Shopping Center in less than 45 minutes, while enjoying scenic views along the elevated guideway.

Each four-car electrically powered, Wi-Fi enabled driverless train can carry more than 800 people, plus bicycles, luggage, surfboards, wheelchairs, coolers and strollers. There will be a total fleet of 80 train cars with approximately 17 four-car trains in operation during peak
travel periods.

Stay up to date on Honolulu's exciting Rail Project by visiting the HART website.


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