Aloha, Honolulu rail project hits the 1,000-worker mark. Honolulu’s $5.16 billion rail project surpassed the 1,000-worker mark this month, according to Dan Grabauskas, CEO and executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
There are now 1,042 people working on the project, Grabauskas said.
“As construction ramps up, we are going to continue to see more jobs generated,” said Jeanne Mariani-Belding, a HART spokeswoman. “At this rate, we believe we will be able to see the 4,000 jobs mark during peak construction,”
Nearly half of the workers — 446 — are working for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., which has a $556 million contract to build the rail’s columns and guideways. Many others — 188 — are working for Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture, which has a $1.4 billion contract to design the rail cars and system.
HART expects the project to create up to 6,000 additional “indirect” jobs in sectors such as the restaurant industry, which would hire more staff as a result of the project’s infusion into the economy, Mariani-Belding said.
HART plans to put out for bid this month $150million in contracts for the construction of the rail’s first nine stations.