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Ansaldo Honolulu Touts Benefits of Rail at Hawaii on the Hill
On Wednesday, July 23, Ansaldo Honolulu participated in the first Hawaii on the Hill event in Washington D.C. The event was organized by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono and her office, in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, in an effort to showcase the varying industries from the state. Businesses from across Hawaii made the trip to our Nation’s Capitol to present their work at the “Taste of Hawaii” reception, which featured representatives from the state’s tourism, agriculture, food and beverage, manufacturing, research and technology and defense and military industries. Read more.

Left: A delegation from across Hawaii poses for a photo on the stairs of the Capitol during the Hawaii on the Hill event.

Center: Enrico Fontana, Eugenio Dotta and Jason White participate in a policy summit during the Hawaii on the Hill event.

Right: Ansaldo Honolulu Project Director, Dr. Enrico Fontana is joined by colleagues from Ansaldo STS Eugenio Dotta, SVP Sales, Russ Glorioso, Head of External Communications North America, and Jason White, VP Sales North America at the Taste of Hawaii Event. The Ansaldo Team shares a Shaka sign as they proudly display a sample of the actual metal that will be used in the fabrication of Honolulu's trains.




The first Honolulu train begins construction.
July 2014, Giulio Caione, AHJV Project Manager for Passenger Vehicles presents a sample of the aluminum component used in the manufacturing of the first Honolulu train to Dan Grabauskas, HART Executive Director and CEO.




May 2014. Team Work on site.
Ansaldo and HART specialists met at MSF site. Pictured from left to right: Andrea Vaccaro, Ansaldo Deputy Systems Manager, Paul Trahey, P.E., HART/GEC Design Compliance Engineer, Claudio Ghiggi, Ansaldo Systems Manager, Eric Phillips, P.E., HART/GEC Interface Engineer, Gerry Sverdlin, P.E., Ansaldo Contracts Manager.



May 8, 2014. Ansaldo Honolulu joins the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and attends the State of the Counties event.
Pictured at the event, from left to right: Dr. Ginny Pressler, Executive Vice President Strategic Business Development, Hawaii Pacific Health, Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., Mayor, County of Kauai, Kathleen Chu, Vice President and Area Manager, CH2M Hill, Randy Francisco, President, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Alan Arakawa, Mayor, County of Maui, Enrico Fontana, Managing Director, Ansaldo Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell, Mayor, City and County of Honolulu.


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Ansaldo Honolulu and other major prime contractors attend the HART Industry Day on May 5, 2014.
Dan Grabauskas, HART Executive Director and CEO introduced the event to hundreds of contractors and DBE firms at the crowded Honolulu Country Club. Brian Oshiro, Quality Engineer, Alessandro Acquaviva, Traction Electrification Engineer and Davide Cioli, System Engineer manned the Ansaldo Honolulu booth.



April 25, 2014 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is briefed about all the progress made by Ansaldo Honolulu and the anticipated delivery of the first train in Honolulu in early 2016.
The Mayor met with Stefano Siragusa, Ansaldo STS CEO, Enrico Fontana, Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director, Michael Formby, Director of the Department of Transportation Services, Dan Grabauskas, Executive Director and CEO for HART, and George Atta, Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting.


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January 2014. Ansaldo Honolulu technical team conducts the monthly survey at MSF site in Waipahu.
Eric Zielke, P.E., Senior Civil Work Engineer, Gennaro Capobianco, Senior Construction Manager, Cristiano Venza, Installation Lead Engineer, and Corrado Peluffo, Rail Maintenance Engineer are guided by the Kiewit/Kobayashi team to see construction progress. Ansaldo and its future 300 local employees will use the MSF facility as base for the 24/7 Operation and Maintenance of the entire system.



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February 13, 2014. Ansaldo Honolulu joins HART in the unveiling of the Honolulu rail car at Kapolei Hale.
Twenty Hawaii-based members of team Ansaldo Honolulu shared the exciting arrival of the life size train model. HART Executive Director Dan Grabauskas was joined by Enrico Fontana, Managing Director for Ansaldo Honolulu; members of the HART Board of Directors; representatives from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office; and representing Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin were Council members Ikaika Anderson, Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine.

Students from Waipahu High School’s Academy of Engineering were also on hand for the unveiling.

Download Ansaldo Honolulu Managing Director Enrico Fontana’s comments from the unveiling.

Photo credit: Andrea Vaccaro / AHJV



Project Manager and Managing Director, Enrico Fontana, provided a project update at the Move Oahu Forward meeting on October, 16, 2013 at the Pacific Club.  Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell, HART Executive Director, Dan Grabauskas, MOF Co-chair, Richard Dahl, and MOF Director, Jennifer Goto Sabas, were in attendance.


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The Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS), Hawaii Chapter, conducted the “Career Opportunities Networking” event on October 24, 2013 at Oahu Country Club. AHJV met with students and presented our company and job opportunities.


This is Who We Are and What We Do - It is Our Goal to Make Honolulu a Better Place to Live, Work and Play.

Ansaldo Honolulu JV, a partnership between Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda, has assembled a team of experienced leaders in the Transit industry to provide you with a world-class rail transit system that offers the utmost in comfortable, reliable, safe, and cost-effective transportation.

We will provide the core systems, including vehicles, driverless train control, communications, and more. The Hawaii-based Ansaldo Honolulu JV O&M Company, requiring more than 300 local jobs for local people, will also operate and maintain the complete system until 2029.

Our goal is to make Honolulu a better place to live, work and play by providing you with:

  • A best-in-class driverless metro system
  • A world-class design based on the system voted World's Best Metro in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Operations and Maintenance provided by a highly experienced team
  • A strong commitment to create and sustain local high technology employment
  • A system from a company with proven rail vehicle delivery experience, and final assembly plant, having been in business in the USA since 1970's
  • A tried and tested automatic train control and protection system, engineered in the USA
  • An advanced and proven safety system

Stay up to date on Honolulu's exciting Rail Project by visiting the HART website.


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