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Monday, February 15, 2021
Rail News: Schatz to Chair Senate Transportation Subcommittee
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 518 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 :: 744 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 :: 717 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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Friday, January 22, 2021
Money to Burn: Virtual Community Meetings Planned for New Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 684 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail, Tourism

... The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project concludes on Feb. 8 ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Say 'Uncle' -- What Connects Miske to Kealoha?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:25 PM :: 4917 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, Rail

... Kealoha was selected Chief thanks in part to Michael Miske’s ‘uncle’ ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Rail critic Natalie Iwasa named to HART board of directors
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1024 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... “Ms. Iwasa's official engagement on the Board will ensure increased accountability and transparency at HART.” ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
City finally releases P3 bid numbers
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 841 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... The proposal documents for the P3 procurement will soon be available for review ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
HART Pours Final Segment of Middle Street Section
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 683 Views :: Rail

... STG has Constructed 2,708 Overhead Guideway Segments to Complete the 5.2-Mile Section from Aloha Stadium to Middle Street ....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Next Boondoggle: 3 Finalists Named for Aloha Stadium Project
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1229 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... This RFQ includes the new Aloha Stadium complemented by a mix of developments that will connect to the rail station ....  

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Caldwell, Robbins Beg Feds: We’re trying to come up with a plan please give us $250M
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 725 Views :: Rail

"...the plan being discussed will include the entire project scope ... there is no desire to abandon any component of the full Project scope...."

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 1055 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Panos: What is the future of Honolulu Rail?
By Video @ 11:36 PM :: 1884 Views :: Rail

...What are the latest developments and implications for the completion of one of the most challenged public works project in the nation?....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Auditor: Four Years Later HART Finally Acts on Recommendations
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 888 Views :: Rail

...we found that 12 recommendations were completed, 3 were resolved, and 3 were in process....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Standardless Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1026 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

We are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Even More Jammed with Bus Lane and Bike Lane "It’s about getting people out of their cars”
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1590 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...a bus-only lane on King St thru downtown just 1 block from the existing Hotel Street Busway....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 1383 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 1119 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 1542 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Pine urges direct federal oversight of rail’s P3 contract awards
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:52 PM :: 1223 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Pine is urging the Federal Transit Administration to conduct in-person oversight of rail project awards of so-called public-private-partnership, or P3 contracts....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
HART Now Makes Video Games
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 1120 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... The game teaches children several curious lessons ....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
City Council defers borrowing for rail
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 AM :: 1044 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a resolution that would have authorized up to $26 million in borrowing to help fund its over-budget and behind-schedule rail project....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Debt Bomb Puts Honolulu Over the Limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 1521 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Honolulu county can't afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Budget: Rail Faces ‘Hard Decisions’ due to Collapse of Economy
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 1636 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Caldwell expressed worries about the uncertainty of revenue collections that are supposed to pay for the city’s $9.2 billion rail project....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Honolulu’s Terrible Folly and a Transit Mystery
By Selected News Articles @ 11:18 PM :: 1640 Views :: Rail

...The 20-mile line is expected to cost $9.2 billion, more than the cost of the 243 miles of light-rail lines in Sacramento, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose combined....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 2259 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Proves Hawai’i Central Planners Got it All Wrong
By Mary Smart @ 10:38 PM :: 1443 Views :: Land Use, Rail, COVID-19

...Hawai’i central planners should reevaluate their push to implement more and more projects, such as TOD, mass transit, and shared vehicles, which contribute to the spread of disease....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Why Honolulu Rail Should be Torn Down Now
By Video @ 3:26 PM :: 2017 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...They Never Saw It Coming....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Billionaire Outlines Plan to Make Hawaii Residents Go Carless
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1519 Views :: Rail

..."Framework for Hawaii's AV Future: Accessible, Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared"....

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Honolulu $90M grant money from the Federal Transit Administration
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1208 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

"...This money will directly support the City’s current transit service operations, TheBus and TheHandi-Van...."

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Who's Going to Ride Rail with COVID?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1571 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...How many people will be willing to use a mode of transportation where others breathe, sneeze and cough 2-3 feet from their face....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
Rail Contractors Speed up Construction while Oversight Personnel 'Work' from Home
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 1254 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...As HART operations and construction continue during the pandemic, HART staff has largely moved to tele-commuting....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Futility of Trying to Reduce Driving
By Selected News Articles @ 2:16 PM :: 1597 Views :: Energy, Environment, Rail

...Cars have been more energy efficient than transit buses since 1991....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Public Invited to Testify on 233% Bus Fare Hike
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2067 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Cost of Living

...Railroaded: City proposes Mind-Blowing 233% increase in bus fares....

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
The ConAm Returns
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2037 Views :: Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

...to impose a surcharge on real property tax....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Nobody in Hawaii really believes in sea level rise
By Andrew Walden @ 3:34 AM :: 2831 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...Perhaps HART should require its P3 partner to solve the ‘last mile problem’ by installing mooring cleats for gondolas.... 

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax Hits 105.29% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:33 PM :: 1781 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The sales tax in Hawaii has a broad base that include many business-to-business services....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Handi-Van Phone System May be ADA Violation
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 1776 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an ineffective communications system that sometimes prevents riders from making reservations, drops calls, and does not record voicemail complaints....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
More Reasons to End HART Rail at Middle Street
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 1640 Views :: Rail

...Next mayor will have mountains of problems, but a mere molehill of money to pay for them....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Caldwell: "There will always be issues on construction costs and delays"
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 1632 Views :: Rail

...Feds still not ready to release the $744M....

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Friday, August 16, 2019
​End 'gut and replace'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1647 Views :: Rail

...by the time Gov. David Ige signed it carried a price tag of $350 million....

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Friday, August 9, 2019
Hearings to Set Rail Fares
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 2312 Views :: Rail

...the City's Rate Commission has scheduled meetings for July, August, and September to receive public input on fares for the rail system....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
GAO Looks at Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1901 Views :: Rail

...Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HART Board: Kim not gone--Stays on to Maintain Quorum
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 19554 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Kim says he will stay until a replacement Board member is selected....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Warmers: $23B Homes to be Destroyed in Urban Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3366 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

... meanwhile the State and City keep building Rail in the alleged inundation zone .... 

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 3012 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3548 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Audit the Rail: Why does it matter?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 2433 Views :: Ethics, Rail

..."What now for rail?" was the question considered by three prominent guests at a sold-out luncheon event sponsored last week by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Audio: Akina Interviewed on KSSK ‘Perry & the Posse’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 2926 Views :: OHA, Rail

...Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry hosts Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
HART Moves to Part Two of P3
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 2611 Views :: Rail

...a short list of not more than 3 preferred offerors is now being asked to put together proposals that include pricing and technical details of how they plan to complete the rail project to Ala Moana Center, construct the Pearl Highlands parking garage and transit center, and operate and maintain the rail system for a period of 30 years....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 4057 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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