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Friday, April 20, 2018
Boom Over? Hawaii Construction Employment Drops
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 5709 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Hawaii lost 1.9 percent of construction jobs between February and March....

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
VIDEO: How to Save $5B on Rail
By Video @ 6:21 PM :: 3407 Views :: Rail

...Clayton Hee explains in this 2-minute video....

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Leaving GOP, Djou Eyes Council, Mayoral Races
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 9436 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail, Republican Party

Reading Charles Djou’s ‘Why I’m Leaving The GOP’ statement published today, one might think Djou’s decision was all about Trump.... 

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Grassroot: Bond plan for rail a bad sign for taxpayers, would violate city ordinance
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:16 PM :: 4922 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Caldwell’s plan to use $44 million in bond debt is an ill-founded, potentially illegal attempt to payoff administrative costs related to the construction of the over-budget, behind-schedule Honolulu rail system....

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Feds Certify Hawaii Public Transit as 'Safe'
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3111 Views :: Rail

...Hawaiʻi has obtained federal certification of its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) program....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Bond funding scheme for rail shows need for audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:08 PM :: 3990 Views :: Rail

...Caldwell wants the city to use $44 million of bond debt to pay for administrative costs related to construction of the city’s planned 20-mile rail system....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Council Coup: Kym Pine Tries Again to Explain
By News Release @ 12:27 PM :: 5654 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

...The main reason I support a leadership change at the Council has unfortunately been lost in media reports to more sensational stories....

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Best Cities for Public Transit: Honolulu Makes Top Ten
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 4681 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...More than 69 million passengers in Honolulu ride TheBus annually....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
HART Hosts Public-Private Partnership Conference
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 4736 Views :: Development, Rail

...Andrew Robbins has been a staunch advocate of using P-3 partnerships - the joining of forces from the public and private sectors - to mitigate costs and risk and to expedite construction timelines....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Honolulu Rail Creates One Tenth of Jobs Promised
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 5010 Views :: Labor, Rail

...HART rail is being built one segment at a time by a single builder, instead of having, say 4 builders building 5 miles each, simultaneously....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
‘Audit The Rail’ in Twilight Zone
By Joe Kent @ 2:08 AM :: 4970 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...elected officials raised taxes to pay for Honolulu County’s rail system while indicating their intention to conduct an in-depth, forensic audit of the over-budget, behind-schedule megaproject....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Real Traffic Relief: Westside Welcomes Fifth Lane
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 4668 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...The addition of the fifth lane along the Wai’anae Coast has been long overdue....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
"Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?" (Because It Doesn't Want To, And No One Is Making It)
By Robert Thomas @ 3:07 PM :: 5040 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...the City doesn't really care all that much about these particular businesses or their owners....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
​Hawaii tax policy feels the heat
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 4972 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Rail

...The administration just told New York and New Jersey they would have to fund their $13 billion Hudson Tunnel rail project on their own, backing out of an Obama-era promise to foot half the bill....

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Report: Hawaii’s Billion-Dollar Consensus Proves Nobody Really Believes in Sea Level Rise
By Andrew Walden @ 7:27 PM :: 8390 Views :: Environment, Rail, Taxes

...This ‘consensus’ of disbelief is proven by the massive investment in sea-level construction of Kakaako condos and Honolulu Rail.... 

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Ige, Caldwell in Arizona for Rail Meetings
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 3241 Views :: Rail

...Gov. Ige will participate in discussions with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao....

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Friday, November 24, 2017
Project Announcement: Honolulu Rail May Be Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
By Robert Thomas @ 4:26 PM :: 3802 Views :: Rail

...project announcement is the effective taking date triggering property owners' right to compensation and damages....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tupola: FTA review of HART recovery plan finished 'early 2018'
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 5122 Views :: Rail

...FTA also stated that they are watching to see what HART’s new strategy to build the City Center portion of the guideway will look like....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
HART Wastes Rail Money on Kam Hwy Repave that Could be Funded by HDOT
By News Release @ 11:10 AM :: 3664 Views :: Rail

“Because Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway are on the National Highway System, the reconstruction projects are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT.”  -- FHWA Acting Director Nadeau, October 7, 2015

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Friday, November 3, 2017
The Importance of Accurate Testimony
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 4544 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“The FTA will allow nothing less.” -- Kirk Caldwell

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
House Speaker and Senate President Name Appointees to HART Board
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 3866 Views :: Rail

...Speaker Saiki named Tobias “Toby” Martyn and Kamani Kuala‘au ... Senate President Kouchi named Kalbert K. Young and Wesley Machida as his appointees to the board....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Rail Plan B: FTA Contradicts Caldwell
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:09 AM :: 4948 Views :: Rail

...At no point did the FTA reject a “Plan B” option....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The Coming Transit Apocalypse
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 AM :: 4329 Views :: Rail

...the four horsemen of the transit apocalypse include....

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Caldwell signs bills creating Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 6944 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Tourism

...bills passed by the Honolulu City Council last week create and authorize the Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District....

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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Honolulu Boondoggle Recovery Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 3943 Views :: Rail

...You know you are in trouble when you have to write a recovery plan for a project that isn’t even half built....

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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Transit Ridership is Declining–So Why Pay Transit CEOs So Much Money?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 3695 Views :: Rail

...HART’s CEO, for example, gets $317,000 plus a “housing allowance” of about $4,600 a month and a “transportation allowance” of $600 a month....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Oahu Construction Boom Ending: What Excuse Will HART Use Next?
By UHERO @ 4:04 PM :: 5991 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Rail

...number of significant condo and retail projects have wrapped up on Oahu, while fewer new buildings have broken ground, resulting in an overall reduction in construction activity and employment....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Caldwell: Now That Legislature Has Done the Hard Work of Raising Taxes, I Urge HART to Not Do Nothing
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 5738 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...Doing nothing is unacceptable...." -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sept 18, 2017

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Council yanks ‘forensic’ from rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:51 PM :: 5112 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved Resolution 17-199 to audit the rail for financial cost overruns, but watered down language that would’ve made the audit “forensic.”....

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Rail: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5523 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The special session rail bill, SB 4, provides that if the Foundation wins and the State is ordered to refund money to the City, then the State will scoop the same amount of money from the City’s share of transient accommodations tax....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Caldwell to Meet With Rail Car Manufacturer
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3643 Views :: Rail

... to  discuss the current status of the Honolulu rail project. He will meet with representatives from Hitachi, Seibu, and Tokyu Corporation ....

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Friday, September 8, 2017
Reso 17-199: Will Honolulu Council Back Rail Audit?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:41 PM :: 4561 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the most recent version of the proposed resolution requests an “independent forensic audit” of HART operations and contract awards....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
HDOT Sitting on $505M of Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 4625 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...In two and a half years we have successfully reduced the pipeline from nearly $750 million to $505 million....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Andria Tupola: Special Session 2017 Wrap-Up
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 4378 Views :: Rail, Taxes

......Our floor amendment to exclude neighbor islands from the 1% TAT increase received support from four other neighbor island Representatives....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Ige Signs $2.4B Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 5684 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...Ige’s signing of the rail funding bill also allows the Honolulu City Council to approve Bill 45, which extends O‘ahu’s half-percent surcharge to the state general excise tax another three years....

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Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5899 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Saturday, September 2, 2017
$2.4B Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 6581 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Senators highlighted in YELLOW are up for reelection in 2018.  Only four of them voted for the tax hike....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Ige Appoints Pro-Rail Thug to HCDA
By John Bond @ 8:37 PM :: 7309 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...Timson worked at First Hawaiian Bank as vice president while FHB Chairman Don Horner was HART board chair. She organized large groups of screaming union supporters to crash, harass and threaten at public meetings....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Rail: Republicans Propose 'Forensic Audit' Amendment
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 7065 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

...Require the State Auditor to perform a forensic audit to look for fraud, waste, and abuse....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rail: FTA is open to shortening the route
By Honolulu Traffic @ 6:57 PM :: 5438 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...FTA is complicit.  That’s why it is likely to approve a Plan B that stops at Middle Street....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
UPDATE: Billion Dollar Bailout Added to Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 5337 Views :: Rail

...SB1 has been deleted from the WAM Hearing notice and replaced by SB4.... WAM Hearing Monday 3pm, Capitol Auditorium....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 5747 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 5291 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Rail: How to Gut an Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:31 PM :: 4715 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 4723 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Keep Traffic Jammed: Rail FEIS Shows Plans for Lane-Elimination
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:23 PM :: 3690 Views :: Rail

...buried in one of the technical reports that are referenced and made part of the FEIS so you would not be able to say they didn’t tell you....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
State GOP Calls for Forensic Audit of Rail
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 8:51 PM :: 5495 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

...A call for Republicans to push for a forensic audit of HART and their failed rail project!....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ige Unveils Plan to Bulldoze Kalihi, Build Condos
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 7202 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...to transform the community....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 4429 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
City rail audit won’t look for fraud?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 5637 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...despite the fact that City Auditor Edwin Young told the committee “the red flags were there”....

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