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Monday, May 8, 2017
Inouye Institute Event to Feature Trump’s Transportation Secretary
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 4406 Views :: Higher Education, Rail

...To perpetuate the legacy (Railroad) of the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye....

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Monday, May 8, 2017
Legislature acted responsibly in denying rail funding
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 4838 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Today's Star-Adv Labels what many consider a sensible decision as an “Epic Fail” in screaming all-caps....

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6571 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

...Shut up or we’ll make you pay for rail too....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Rail: Senate Remains open to Negotiate with House
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 3935 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...the Senate remains open to negotiate an agreement with the House to ensure adequate financing to complete the project, yet minimize the impact on the most vulnerable citizens of the community....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
De-Railing the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 4404 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the lack of dissent allows tax-and-spend policies to move smoothly through the Hawaii Legislature...until....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Video: House, Senate Fail to Agree on Rail Tax Hike
By Video @ 9:13 PM :: 4145 Views :: Rail, Taxes
If the two chambers can’t agree by Thursday, the funding bill will die….
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Boom Over: Honolulu Construction Jobs Down 4%
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 4938 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Construction employment in Urban Honolulu dropped 4% from 28,400 in March, 2016 to 27,200 in March, 2017 for a net loss of 1,200 jobs....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 6817 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Cayetano to Trump: Cancel Federal Rail Funding
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 5292 Views :: Rail

...the Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that rail would reduce traffic congestion by less than 2% and that “traffic congestion will be worse in the future with rail than what it is today....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Desperate to Influence Conference Committee, Caldwell Pretends to Take Responsibility for Massive GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 4859 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Caldwell introduces bill authorizing city to extend GET surcharge to pay for rail construction....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 5268 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 5684 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Rickrolling Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 5:01 PM :: 3895 Views :: Rail

...city officials feel they have been given the green light to get the project finished, whatever the eventual cost might be....

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Monday, March 27, 2017
Here's why rail is going to cost $12 to $13 billion
By Honolulu Traffic @ 11:27 PM :: 4617 Views :: Rail

...this project started with a rock solid $5.3 billion projection cost....

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Being Hypnotized by HART?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 5316 Views :: Development, Rail

...the Honolulu rail boondoggle, Hoopili traffic impacts, smart city street intersections and rapid transit with Panos Prevedouros....

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Public-Private Partnerships: Study Examines New Options for Rail
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 5627 Views :: Rail

“Due to the at-risk private capital, Public-Private Partnerships often result in lower costs, less risk, and faster delivery....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
HCR103: State lawmakers want cost comparison of street level versus elevated rail system
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:28 PM :: 3949 Views :: Rail

This Resolution directs the State Auditor to conduct a cost comparison between completing the rail system from Middle Street to Downtown Honolulu with street level versus an elevated rail system....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 4130 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Salvage the Rail: Street Level Plan Can be Completed with Existing Funds
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 4401 Views :: Rail

Optional extension routes to Waikiki and the University of Hawaii could be made at a cost of $139 M/mile....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
HART Ridership Projections - Fantasies, Fairytales and Alternative Facts
By Video @ 1:17 PM :: 3662 Views :: Rail

...HART’s wildly inflated rail ridership projections, the surging cost of the project, and pleas from the mayor's office to obtain more tax dollars....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4799 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 4522 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 6248 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 4211 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 4224 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 4842 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump infrastructure priority list focuses on Public-Private Partnerships--Does Not Include Honolulu Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 6003 Views :: Rail

The document obtained by the Star proposes funding the projects as public-private partnerships, with half the money coming from private investment....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 3410 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Auditor: HART Audit Not Started
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 5567 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Projects Not Started or Suspended....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 4606 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Architects: Put Rail on the Ground—Save $4.2B
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 5234 Views :: Rail

Modifying the HART project to allow street level operation for the final five miles will save money ($2.9 - $4.2B), will save time (completed in 2020 vs. 2025) and will provide a much more environmentally acceptable system Downtown that can be easily extended to Waikiki and UH Manoa....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
HDOT Sets Public Meeting on Use of OR&L Right of Way
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 4691 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

...the OR&L ROW, a 40-foot wide stretch from Central Waipahu to Piliokahe Gulch in Nanakuli, owned by HDOT....

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Monday, January 9, 2017
Problems with the Rail Initiative - Indebted to the HART
By Video @ 4:21 PM :: 3473 Views :: Rail
The Future of Rail on Oahu: Plan A, B, or C?
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Caldwell Inaugural Address: Rail Could End up Like Superferry
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 6102 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...splints that have cracks... tendons that aren’t working properly... the railcars....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Rail Guideway Reaches Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3776 Views :: Rail

Post-tensioning, final set and finishing work on the guideway will follow the initial set, and will continue through January....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Full Text: Feds Give Rail Another Extension
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 3273 Views :: Rail

...just long enough to con legislators into hiking taxes....

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
City Officials Intentionally Jamming Up Traffic
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 5004 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said....

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Denied Another Extension, HART Finally Forced to Submit Financial Plan
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 3583 Views :: Rail

...due to the recent passage of Charter Amendment Number 4 in the 2016 Elections, the voters of the City authorized the consolidation of the operations and maintenance functions and responsibilities for all modes of public transit....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Transportation planning meeting will focus on Central Oahu
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 4292 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Mililani High School Cafeteria....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Privatize: Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:50 AM :: 5710 Views :: Rail

...there’s still a better way and it’s pretty simple and practiced by the best rail systems in the world....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 5810 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Build Rail Better? Caldwell Failed Miserably
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 4458 Views :: Rail

Under his watch, the cost of rail has risen $3.34 billion over budget to $8.6 billion, and more than 7 years behind schedule. A recent federal “upper bound” estimate puts the cost at $10.79 billion (more than double the original budget of $5.26 billion) and the completion date at 2027.....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 5346 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Engineer: Failed Tendons Could Lead to Catastrophic Collapse of Rail Line
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 6830 Views :: Rail

...if enough of the tendons or their anchors fail, the entire box girder system will fail and could very well collapse....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 3878 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Djou Unveils Plan for First 100 Days as Mayor
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 AM :: 5958 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

In my first 100 days in office, I will....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Mitsunaga Point by Point Expose of Pro-Caldwell Media Bias
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 7144 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Rail

"...Caldwell may have evaded State and Federal taxes on all the stock options he has received to date...."

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hanabusa Flees HART, is Replaced by Caldwell Campaign Contributor
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 5822 Views :: Rail

Glen Nohara gave $12K to Caldwell and a total of $102K mostly to the usual list of Democrat incumbent candidates...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 4439 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
New Commuting Data: Same Old Trends
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:52 PM :: 3565 Views :: Rail

Drive-alone remains the choice of slightly over three-fourths of all commuters....

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