The new year is pivotal for rail, politics and the TMT

//The new year is pivotal for rail, politics and the TMT

Judgment day is coming this year for the train, the telescope and the governor.

The Federal Transit Administration will decide in 2018 whether a controversial new financing plan for Honolulu’s $9 billion rail line is backed by enough money to actually complete the troubled project, which will soon enter its most challenging construction phase through the city center.

This will also be a year of reckoning for the Thirty Meter Telescope, which has been stalled since 2015 when litigation and protests on Mauna Kea blocked construction of the $1.4 billion stargazing project.

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