Posted December 17, 2018 03:02:55A second generation of high-speed train lines is about to get a major boost, with the construction of two new high-capacity rail lines to connect the Hawaiian Railway with the Galaxy Railway.
The Galaxy Railway, which has been under construction since 2017, is scheduled to open in 2021 and carry up to 3,000 passengers a day.
The first line is set to be completed in 2022.
Galaxy Railway chief executive John Stacey said the project would bring more service to the region than the new Hawaii High Speed Rail line.
The line would have an initial capacity of 2,500 passengers a weekday and a capacity of 1,400 on weekends.
“The lines will be a great link for our community and bring more people to the airport,” Stacey told Hawaii News Now.
In the coming months, the line will have the ability to carry up 2,600 passengers daily, but there are no details on the schedule.
Stacey said construction on the lines has been going smoothly.
There’s no reason for any delay in construction because we’ve been working extremely hard and really closely with the state, he said.
Currently, there’s only one track running between the two stations.
Once it’s done, the Galaxy Railway will serve the Hawaiian Islands, and will be built with the assistance of the state of Hawaii.
Hawaii State Police are working with the Department of Transportation to help ensure that all of the construction is in the proper location, said Lt.
Joe Ewert, a state police spokesman.
While there are many benefits to the Hawaii High-Speed Rail project, the high-density rail system is expected to add thousands of new jobs, according to a state study commissioned by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
A total of 2.8 million people in the Hawaiian islands live within 50 miles of the train tracks, according the study.
High-speed rail is one of the key transportation priorities for the state.
Construction of the high speed rail line between Honolulu and the Galaxias was originally scheduled to begin in 2019.
That timeline is now expected to be pushed back to 2024.