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Transit Breaks Ground in Honolulu, But Will Development Follow?

Ground has broken on Honolulu's long-planned rail system, but locals still worry that the new transit won't lure new development to town.

The $5.5 billion system is hoped to spur development around its 21 stations.

"While city officials have touted the prospects of development, no formal announcements have been made about future projects. A spokeswoman for the city told the Star-Advertiser last week that permitting and planning officials were not ready to be interviewed on the subject.

Time, however, is of the essence when it comes to building economic hubs around the planned 21 stations along the rail route, said local economist Paul Brewbaker."

Full Story: If they build it, will developers come?

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