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Sunday, August 14, 2022
Honolulu announces free week of fares for TheBus
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 377 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail

... starting August 22 to August 26, 2022. The free fare week is timed with the back-to-school jam ....

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Sunday, August 14, 2022
Plague, Frogs, Fire and Cracks: Eleven Years of HART Excuses
By Andrew Walden @ 12:02 AM :: 1048 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

... HART excuses are nearly Biblical: Plague, Frogs, Fires, and Cracks -- but the real reason slipped out as COVID shut down Hawaii's tourism industry: “After Wasting Billions to Build Rail, is it worth $160 million a year to operate?” ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Ala Moana Satellite City Hall temporarily halts HOLO card service Because they Have too Many Customers
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 792 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Walk-in customers make up the majority of the 5,790 HOLO card transactions processed in the past fiscal year at the Ala Moana Satellite City Hall ....

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Thursday, June 30, 2022
Honolulu Rail: $9.9 Billion to Go Nowhere
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 1480 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

... the state of Hawaii has released a report explaining why the rail project will fail no matter where it goes or how much it costs ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Time to get real about rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 1161 Views :: Rail

... It was sold to the public on the promise that it would only cost about $4 billion, that it would be completed by 2019 and that the general excise tax surcharge associated with it would end by 2022 ....

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Saturday, June 25, 2022
Rail: Feds Urged to be Skeptical of HART 'Recovery Plan'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:43 AM :: 949 Views :: Rail

...HART’s new plan appears to contain “overly optimistic assumptions about revenues, ridership and costs, and this could saddle local taxpayers with unstated liabilities in the future.”....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Why Panos Prevedouros Left Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 AM :: 2104 Views :: Higher Education, Rail, Cost of Living

... The former chairman of the University of Hawaii’s civil engineering department says aloha ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
$119M: Another Extension for Rail Management Contract
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 765 Views :: Rail

... The US$119 million contract is an extension of existing construction and engineering services Stantec is providing to HART and will run through the end of 2026, with the possibility of a 5-year extension to expected project completion in 2031 ....

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Sunday, June 12, 2022
Bill 45: Rail TOD Giveaway to High Tech Tax Credit Schemers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 AM :: 825 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail, Tax Credits

... The vague language in the proposal lacks any metrics for measuring success, similar to another business-focused tax credit whose value to the state is dubious ...

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Iwasa Rips Rail Recovery Plan: “Errors that no one seems to care about” 
By Natalie Iwasa @ 5:54 PM :: 1279 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... HART's recovery plan was shipped off to the FTA today with revenue projections that I think are too high ....

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
Transit History
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 688 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

... Fat chance of the Feds giving us that much now ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:05 PM :: 929 Views :: Rail

... the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
Honolulu Rail: $9.9 Billion to Go Nowhere
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 1524 Views :: Rail

... HART now says it will cost $9.9 billion to not finish its rail project by 2031 ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
'Good Questions' still bedevil Honolulu rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:08 PM :: 867 Views :: Rail

... Iwasa has valuable insights into the operations of the rail project because she also is a non-voting member of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Archegos -Theranos - Honolulu Rail: The Price of Lying
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:14 PM :: 1348 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... What do these three multi billion dollar failures have in common? ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
HART: Recovery Plan Does Not Exist (yet)
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 1050 Views :: Rail

..."We submitted a Recovery Plan to the FTA, proposing to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement" (not quite) ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
State of the City: Blangiardi Announces Latest Scheme to Get Rail Money Withheld by Feds
By Video @ 7:23 PM :: 1971 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Rail, COVID-19

"...We submitted a Recovery Plan to the FTA, proposing to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement to the following scope: 18.75 miles/19 stations through Downtown, to the Civic Center Station, which is 1.25 miles and 2 stations short of Ala Moana Center...."

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Friday, March 11, 2022
Blangiardi meets with FTA to discuss Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1458 Views :: Rail

... Mayor Blangiardi said, “Even though this was a very quick turn-around trip for me, the time I spent with the Administrator was well worth the trip" ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Blangiardi Appoints Sheet Metal Union Boss to HART Board
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 1549 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

"...Art’s management background at Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local Union 293 and his experience on the Planning Commission make him the perfect candidate...."

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Honolulu Rate Commission seeks input on TheBus, HandiVan fare changes
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 1475 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... The Honolulu Rate Commission will be taking public testimony on proposed fare policy changes affecting TheBus and TheHandi-Van at its January 24th and February 8th meetings ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
New Ethics Comm Exec Director a Pro-Rail Corporate Lawyer and Lobbyist
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 1435 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Rail

... Ethics Commission Chair Melinda Wood stated: “Mr. Harris has the right mix of public policy, litigation, and managerial experience to excel in this role." ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
NYT Looks at Honolulu Rail: Why U.S. Infrastructure Is So Expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 2018 Views :: Rail

... Using the Honolulu rail project as an example, the New York Times wants to know why so many infrastructure projects suffer from such large cost overruns ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1139 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 1369 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 1559 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Lost Opportunity: Schatz Secures Extension Of $493 Million Honolulu Rail Funding Grant In Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 2279 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

... in yet another failure of leadership, Schatz misses an opportunity to put the rail nightmare behind us ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 1654 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
​More Honolulu Rail Follies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 PM :: 319 Views :: Rail

... there is a teensy disagreement over the value of the land. HART offered Hughes $13.5 million; Hughes thought it was worth “about” $100 million more ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1908 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 1897 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Honolulu Rail Critic Pushes for Middle Street Endpoint
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 1939 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Then on August 3 came devastating confirmation from a respected FTA agent ....

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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Have We Unwittingly Put the Brakes on HART?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1720 Views :: Rail

...What you might not have seen is the difficulty the HART board is having making decisions....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
White House Touts 'Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act' for Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1856 Views :: National News, Development, Rail

"...For decades, infrastructure in Hawaii has suffered from a systemic lack of investment...."

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Federal Transit Project Cost Overruns and Ridership Shortfalls: The Honolulu Rail Debacle Beats Them All
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 3130 Views :: Rail

... the line is costing about $15,000 per resident ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Aalto’s Conflicts of Interest Disqualify Him for HART Board
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 2423 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Aalto's movies given major funding by rail supporters ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
'Procurement Collusion' -- Hanabusa, HART Reported to Federal Authorities
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2996 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... In order to steer a consulting contract to its former Board Chair, Colleen Hanabusa, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a federally-funded rail transit project, imposed the following narrowly tailored requirements on bidders ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 1886 Views :: Rail

... the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Honolulu Rail: 27 Alternatives to Plan A?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1239 Views :: Rail

“...People need to know what the options are and what the costs are, and what the real future of rail looks like....”

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Bid-Rigging: Hanabusa Chickens out, Blangiardi Appoints her to HART Board Instead
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 4145 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... Blangiardi: “I had nothing to do with that contract” ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 1731 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 2787 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Secret Document Shows HART looking at 27 possible rail changes 
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 3727 Views :: Rail

... The document, marked “CONFIDENTIAL (NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION),” says that stopping the rail at Middle Street could lower costs, provide long-term flexibility for route changes and fleet expansion, and benefit from future driverless technologies .... 

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Friday, April 16, 2021
How to make lemonade out of the rail project
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1841 Views :: Rail

"... Uno said he has come to the conclusion that the rail is neither a construction project nor a transportation project. Instead, it is “a political project” — one in which all concerns about costs, waste and transparency are subordinate to political goals ...."

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Honolulu $1 billion-a-mile rail boondoggle a warning to Biden ‘Build Back’ plan
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1908 Views :: Rail

... “This rail service began as one of those ‘shovel ready’ projects funded by the Obama-Biden stimulus program a decade ago. While never completed, it’s still digging a deeper money pit for taxpayer dollars” ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
‘Plan C’ for rail?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:24 PM :: 1895 Views :: Rail

... Joe Uno, HART Board member, speaks in his private capacity as a citizen to host Keli‘i Akina about whether a ‘Plan C’ may help salvage the troubled project ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Urban Transit After COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 7:00 PM :: 2125 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

... it is premature to commit funding for major new rail transit projects before we have some idea of the extent of transit ridership in the first several years after nationwide vaccinations ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
HART Frog Debacle Earns First “What Were They Thinking?!” Award
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:40 AM :: 2086 Views :: Rail

... The first WWTT Award will be presented to HART for its contract with Hitachi and the wrong sized wheels that do not fit the ‘frogs’ or rail intersections of two tracks ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Rail News: Schatz to Chair Senate Transportation Subcommittee
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1772 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

"...more support for affordable housing, climate resiliency, and safer and more efficient transportation systems...."

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Five New Members on HART Board
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 2362 Views :: Rail

... Jeoffrey Cudiamat, Natalie Iwasa, J. Roger Morton, Joseph O’Donnell, and Dean Uchida ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Blangiardi appoints Roger Morton as Director of DTS
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1991 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Morton will be tasked with leading administration and oversight for TheBus, TheHandi-Van, and the upcoming rail system, the first segment of which is projected to open in the second half of 2021 ....

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