The Oahu (Hawaii) Metropolitan Planning Organization gave approval Tuesday to the first phase of the city's Bus Rapid Transit project.
The first phase involves a 5.6-mile route between Waikiki and Iwilei, using dedicated lanes on existing roadways for hybrid-electric buses, reported The Hawaii Channel's online news service.
With the planning organization's approval, the project will now qualify for $20 million in federal funds. The Federal Transit Administration still must approve the project.
Approximately $12 million would go for widening Ala Moana Boulevard, while the remaining funds would pay for buses and facilities.