Inside Look at Rail




January 17, 2017 –HART and Ansaldo Honolulu hosted the “Inside Look at Rail” event organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and sponsored by Move Oahu Forward at the Rail Operation Center. Krishniah Murthy, HART Interim Executive Director and CEO, and Enrico Fontana, Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director, welcomed the 120 visitors and accompanied them on the tour.  Hawaii elected officials, staff and Chamber members visited Train #1 almost ready for the first ride, the Operations Control Center, and the facilities, and gained insight into the latest project updates.



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.






Ansaldo Honolulu at Career EXPO 2016

August 3, 2016 – AHJV participated in the Career EXPO 2016 presented by the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

With several thousand job seekers in attendance, AHJV attracted many interested and potential candidates. The response from participants were filled with overwhelming excitement for new opportunities and hopes of being a part of the Ansaldo Honolulu team to bring a World Class Transit System to Honolulu. Depicted from left to right are Don Shaffer, Holley Morgan, and Tim Giertz from Team Ansaldo Honolulu.






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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