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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Rail in Default? Feds Give HART 60-Day Warning
By Andrew Walden @ 2:52 AM :: 83 Views :: Rail

"...in the event of default, the Government may demand all Federal funds provided to the Grantee for the Project be returned...."

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
P3? HART Hosts Forum with International Experts
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 461 Views :: Rail

...public and private stakeholders involved in developing the Honolulu Rail Transit Project attended the event, as did a number of directors from the HART Board....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tactical Urbanism: Caldwell Schemes to Eliminate Lanes, Jam Up Traffic Before Public Can Find Out
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 777 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a free public lecture on Tactical Urbanism on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SALT Kaka‘ako (the Barn, 691 Auahi Street)....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
New rail taxes after election?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 AM :: 1028 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...talk of “recovery plans,” new bonds and property tax dollars allocated to rail inevitably raises the spectre of new rail taxes....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
HDOT Sitting on $468M Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 726 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...With HART repaving Kamehmeha Hwy out of its own budget, this is money that could be used to pay for rail--but HDOT refuses....

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Friday, July 20, 2018
Deadline Extended to Fill HART Board Vacancy
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 649 Views :: Rail

...All mail-in applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2018....

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Friday, July 06, 2018
Recording Employees: HART’s evasiveness troubling
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:32 PM :: 1000 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...To date, HART officials have not publicly explained why it has been recording the meetings between the auditor and HART employees....

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Monday, July 02, 2018
HART Seeks Applicants to Fill Board Vacancy
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 752 Views :: Rail

...Applicants must submit the HART Board Application Form, along with a cover letter and resume via email by July 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu Rail -- Most Expensive Per Capita in World History
By Selected News Articles @ 10:33 PM :: 2669 Views :: Rail

... That is over 6 times the annual budget of the Honolulu C & C ....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Flashback 2016: Caldwell, Hanabusa Agree to Stop Rail at Middle Street
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 1188 Views :: Rail

...Fast forward two years ... Rail is nowhere near Middle Street, yet utility work past Middle Street has been authorized....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
Can’t You Just Change the Agenda?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1480 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
HART Board to Discuss Public-Private Partnerships
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 1192 Views :: Rail

...The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m. in Suite 150 of Ali'i Place in downtown Honolulu (1099 Alakea Street).  The meeting is open to the public....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 PM :: 1165 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter written by HART board member John Henry Felix to HART Chairman Damien Kim in which he also urged the board to call for a forensic audit....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
HART violating FTA funding agreement?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 1576 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Board member John Henry Felix says there might be a breach of contract with the feds....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Oahu Drivers Burn More Than $11K in Yearly Commuting Costs
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 1248 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Cost of Living

...Oahu commuters would save $11,773 by commuting through public transportation versus driving and absorbing all of its associated costs such as gas, insurance, car maintenance, parking, depreciation, etc....

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
A Sneaky Way to Approve City Funds for Rail
By Natalie Iwasa @ 4:35 AM :: 1601 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Buried in a proposed amendment to the bill for HART’s capital improvement budget (Bill 22, CD2, FD1) is the statement....

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Friday, June 01, 2018
Auditor: HART Management Listening in on My Interviews with Employees
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:35 AM :: 1403 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Kondo voices his objection to a HART policy requiring all employees participating in the audit to tape record their interviews with him. Those recordings are being given to HART management....

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1479 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet”....

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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Resolution: Will Democratic Convention Endorse Call to Stop Rail at Middle Street?
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 1499 Views :: Democratic Party, Rail

...rail, during its 20 hours of daily operation, will use more energy per passenger-mile than is used today by one person in a gas-combustion automobile....

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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Next Stop for Rail--$13 Billion
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:40 PM :: 1036 Views :: Rail

...Panos Prevedouros, chair of the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, estimates that it will cost at least $13 billion....

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Boom Over? Hawaii Construction Employment Drops
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 1564 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 :: 1273 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 :: 3451 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 :: 2165 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 :: 1090 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 :: 1833 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 :: 1995 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 :: 1525 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 :: 1495 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 :: 1779 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 :: 1785 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 :: 2097 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 05, 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 :: 2172 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 05, 2018
​Hawaii tax policy feels the heat
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 1801 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 :: 4150 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 01, 2017
Ige, Caldwell in Arizona for Rail Meetings
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 1275 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 :: 1631 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 :: 2380 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 :: 1499 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 03, 2017
The Importance of Accurate Testimony
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1864 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 :: 1583 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 :: 2677 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 :: 1991 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 :: 3476 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 07, 2017
Honolulu Boondoggle Recovery Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 1713 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 07, 2017
Transit Ridership is Declining–So Why Pay Transit CEOs So Much Money?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 1676 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 :: 2607 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 :: 3024 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 :: 2241 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 :: 2668 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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