USA: The first two metro cars for the driverless light metro arrived in Honolulu on March 24 from Hitachi Rail Italy’s factory in Pittsburg, California.

The bodies were assembled in Reggio Calabria in Italy, before the cars were fitted out in Pittsburg. Shipping was co-ordinated by Baggio, with Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines providing sea transport from California to Hawaii.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ordered 20 four-car trainsets from the Ansaldo Honolulu joint venture of Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda (now Hitachi Rail Italy) under a $1·3bn contract signed in 2011. Ansaldo STS is providing signalling and train control under its $1·1bn share of the deal.

  • Contractor Nan Inc and HART broke ground on East Kapolei, UH West Oahu and Hoopili stations on March 28.