Six Railcars on the Line

January 2016 - As Honolulu’s Train No. 1 completes its final assembly, work begins on Train No.2.
In just a few months, as many as 12 Honolulu railcars will be in production at Hitachi Rail USA in Pittsburg, California.



November 2015 – The First Train is in final assembly.

The four cars that make the first train are on the final assembly line at Hitachi Rail USA facility in Pittsburg, CA.


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Safety First!

October 2015 – Team Ansaldo Honolulu are planning safety and response procerdures with local authorities.

Top - AHJV engineers briefed 30 members of the Honolulu Fire Department on fire safety as it relates to the electrical Traction Power system. This session was the kickoff to more in depth sessions scheduled for early 2016.

Bottom - In preparation for the arrival of Ansaldo Honolulu’s first train and first wave of track mounted maintenance vehicles, Ansaldo employees led by Jason Lurz, Ansaldo Honolulu’s Operations and Maintenance Director, review our Rail Workers Protection (RWP) and on track safety procedures. Safety has always been Ansaldo Honolulu’s number one priority but as the project shifts from construction to commissioning and later to operations, it is paramount that safety processes be streamlined and made universal for all personnel working on the project. Employees have been working diligently over the last year to solidify these procedures and lay the safety foundation which will keep our patrons, employees and equipment safe for years to come.

Depicted in the picture, from left to right, are: Francesco Guarino, Safety & Security Certification Manager , Kian Motaraghi, Deputy Construction Manager, John Leomo, Logistics Manager, Jason Lurz, Operations & Maintenance Director, Alessandro Acquaviva, Lead Traction Electrification Engineer, Davide Cioli, Systems Engineer.


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First Ansaldo Constrution Milestone in Honolulu – Mission Accomplished!

The first Traction Power Substations for the rail system was installed on schedule in the Rail Operation Center yard on August 1, 2015. The 120,000 lb TPSS was moved from the Honolulu Port at Pier 1 to Port Kealoa in West Oahu, upon it's arrival a police escorted convoy transported it overnight to the ROC, where a crane lifted it and placed into its final position.

This substation is the heart of ROC and will provide electrical power for the driverless movement of trains inside the yard. Each TPSS of the rail system is rated at 3MVA, the power of almost 1,000 households. There are thirteen TPSSs along the mainline and one in the ROC.

Ansaldo Honolulu extends its aloha to the professional support of the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Police Department, as well as to the hard work of its partners Siemens Industry USA, Watts Constructors, and their respective subcontractors ATS International, Pasha Hawaii and Hawaiian Crane and Rigging. This has truly been a team effort!


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: 2019
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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