Some residents oppose Hawaii's planned $5.3 billion rail project, saying its 20-mile elevated concrete guideway with 720 concrete columns is too "ugly." But proponents point to the railway's effect on easing traffic congestion and look forward to a portion of $510 million in federal funds if a full funding grant agreement can be signed next year. Meanwhile, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation inked a $1.4 billion deal with Ansaldo Honolulu JV to begin construction of 80 cars for the rail line.

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