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Sunday, May 29, 2022
Transit History
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 86 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 :: 668 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 :: 1218 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 :: 682 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 :: 1088 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 :: 935 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 :: 1507 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 :: 1282 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 :: 1273 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 :: 771 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 :: 1177 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 :: 1691 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 :: 976 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 :: 1161 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 :: 1401 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 :: 1795 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 :: 1481 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 :: 236 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 :: 1738 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 :: 1739 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 :: 1819 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 :: 1628 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 :: 1666 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 :: 2932 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 :: 2309 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 :: 2839 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 :: 1760 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 :: 1142 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 :: 3991 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 :: 1615 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 :: 2540 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 :: 3646 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 :: 1759 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 :: 1815 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 :: 1797 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 :: 2000 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 :: 1632 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 :: 1661 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 :: 2154 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 :: 1827 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 :: 2483 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 :: 10216 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 :: 2187 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 :: 2043 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 :: 1426 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 :: 2906 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 :: 1458 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 :: 2457 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 :: 2617 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 :: 1587 Views :: Rail

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

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