Honolulu is on track to run out of money this year to finish building its elevated rail line after the Legislature concluded its 2017 session without reaching agreement on how to subsidize the project.
The lack of consensus leaves the 20-mile-long rail line, which is way over budget and far behind schedule, with a shortfall of about $3 billion.
In response to a question about how the city would pay for rail without the state’s help, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he’s focusing entirely on trying to get lawmakers to hold a special session to fund rail.
“My preference is to put all my energy and focus in getting the House and Senate back together to pass a bill,” Caldwell said. “I’m not going to put my energy or focus on anything else until we know that’s no longer an option.”