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Honolulu's rail gets $250M in Obama's budget plan

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:43 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014


President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes promised money for Honolulu's planned rail line.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said in a statement Tuesday the president's budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning in October includes $250 million for the rail transit project.

The money would be an installment of the $1.5 billion the Federal Transit Administration has agreed to provide the city for rail's construction.

The current fiscal year's budget includes another $250 million installment.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the continued flow of federal funds is vital to building rail.

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin says the funding will strengthen the project's position and keep it on track.







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what wrote:
Too little. Rail is less than 30% paid for by Federal money. Compare to a highway, like H-3, which was 90% paid for by Federal money. Highways contribute more to quality of life than a crowded 19th century train ever will.
on March 4,2014 | 04:35PM
what wrote:
5 billion would by a whole lot of highways, bridges, and tunnels to relieve traffic congestion in Honolulu.
on March 4,2014 | 04:36PM
OldDiver wrote:
One problem, there is nowhere to build more freeways.
on March 4,2014 | 07:56PM
what wrote:
There is more room. I have repeated them over and over. People like you who seem to be fascinated by choo choo trains completely ignore my comments when I mention them.
on March 4,2014 | 08:21PM
WaialaeGuy wrote:
Are you willing to give up your house for more roads?
on March 4,2014 | 09:54PM
what wrote:
Maintaining rail will cost the city over 100 million dollars a year to pay workers and the electricity bill. Honolulu is already broke and Caldwell is scrambling to pay its bills. 20% of the tax the people pay today goes paying down debt and interest from other Mayors that over spent. On the other hand, a highway requires very little maintenance and money in comparison, and greatly contributes to quality of life. 5.5 billion could have bought a whole lot of highway, bridges, and tunnels.
on March 4,2014 | 04:43PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Agree on this what. By the way who cares right? You and I both will not be around in 50 years. However our future generations will be around, and we are handing them a bankrupt city? In 50 years Honolulu will be bankrupt just like Detroit is now, and all because of a select few who hit TheTrain jackpot, including Ansaldo, which by the way seems like a second tier operation compared a Sumitomo, which is a Japanese company, which knows how to work to achieve the best quality. We get what we pay for. For a mere millions, if some person took Ansaldo knowing it was a money losing company, then the people at HART are also money losing people.
on March 4,2014 | 07:01PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I believe the attempt to charge for rubbish pickup was to funnel that money to rail.
on March 5,2014 | 06:05AM
kiragirl wrote:
In addition, our traffic problem is because Honolulu has the least amount of highways per capita in the nation.
on March 4,2014 | 06:07PM
OldDiver wrote:
How about showing us where you would build more freeways. Double decking would shut down the existing freeways for years, is that your plan?
on March 4,2014 | 07:57PM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
KITV story linking funneling of money from the lobbyist to political campaigns that are pro rail.... http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/hart-awards-new-contract-to-dc-lobbying-firm/-/8905354/22481020/-/awevst/-/index.html Hawaii Pacific Business News Coverage- http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/morning_call/2013/10/honolulu-rail-project-signs-new.html?ana=e_lulu_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-10-17
on March 5,2014 | 03:37AM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
Another win for rail! As a union electrician working for this worthy project, I will be buying more toys. Hmm...let see, new twin engines for my boat bout paid for (in part) by anti-railers? Central air for my home in Hawaii Kai? Maybe a family trip to Disneyworld this summer. It feels sooooo god to be a tenured union member. Aloha to all those who voted for rail, Mayor Caldwell and local boy President Obama. Mark my words, rail will be island wide in the next year or two (after elections). GO RIL GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on March 4,2014 | 05:09PM
islandsun wrote:
But a good union electrician will always be working no matter. Don't tell me your one of those not so good ones sitting on the bench.
on March 4,2014 | 06:18PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
As they say, don't flaunt while the going is good because it could tumble down. I support it now that all blockages via court have been cleared. Dare I say though that it's unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration?
on March 4,2014 | 06:50PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"Rail will be island wide in the next year or two (after elections)". You must have stuck your fingers in an outlet. We're talking about a city project. It'll take decades for just this 20 mile stretch.
on March 5,2014 | 06:10AM
Mythman wrote:
First installment in making us the laughing stock of the rest of the nation as we spend, what, several billion and we are still ranked as second, behind L.A. for traffic congestion and in spite of spending that amount, this ranking is not likely to change, according to critics. Weird.
on March 4,2014 | 05:26PM
Eagle156 wrote:
Who wants to live in those million dollar Kakaako highrises with a train screeching by every few minutes
on March 4,2014 | 06:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Get soundproof condos.
on March 4,2014 | 06:52PM
HD36 wrote:
Yes, the budget plan is almost $4 trillion dollars. Four times as much as when Reagan was president. Even adjusting for inflation that means the government is more than twice as big. The annual deficit is over $500 billion, which sounds small compared to the $1 trillion dollar deficits run earilier. Obama has spent more in his two terms, and he's not done yet, than all other presidents combined before him.
on March 4,2014 | 07:21PM
OldDiver wrote:
Total nonsense. Your debt figures are wrong.
on March 4,2014 | 07:58PM
klastri wrote:
You do understand that only congress can authorize spending, right? Or did you skip Civics class in 8th grade? Plus, your numbers are all wrong.
on March 4,2014 | 08:21PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"photo: Leonora and Al Baldugo of Ewa Beach looked over a Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation train vehicle model on display in the lobby of Kapolei Hale."

Star Advertiser, you have an obligation to inform your readers that mock up is NOT a model of the train that HART and Ansaldo intend to deliver. That model is only half, and more disturbingly, is outfitted with 16 plush, forward facing seats in the same space that HART intends to cram 185 people.

There's no stopping this terrible rail plan now. You can stop covering for these clowns.


on March 4,2014 | 08:18PM
Skyler wrote:
You're right - but do you really think the SA is going to make a correction? Pfft.
on March 4,2014 | 11:54PM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
Each time you hear of the City and County of Honolulu clamoring for a few million more in cash here and there to stay afloat and balance its budget, please take heed and resurrect THIS STORY about how the city fought and defended its right to PISS AWAY $234 million- the media never covered the outcome from this hearing because at the time, Bombardier was still in court trying to SAVE us money....the hearing was 2 1/2 hours long and I condensed it into 19 bare bone minutes for you. You will be able to glean from the video the following information- NEVER BEFORE COVERED by the media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O3QFwHKOBI 1. DCCA and Circuit Court would not allow Bombardier to present evidence 2. Mayor deceived (lied) to public at press conference when award announced 3. City played "gotcha" 4. City broke procurement law- 48 hour notice and discussions /requisites 5. City covered up its negligence 6. City had contradicting language on indemnification "cap" in RFP 7. City never exclaimed it had a problem with Bombardier's proposal until AFTER the fact/disqualified So next time the city throws around the claim that it needs to raise $10 million here, $20 million there, think of the $234 million flushed down the toilet by DESIGN that no one in the city and their ilk gave a hoot about. A more revealing video - at one hour in length exposing the fraud /scam/scandal/outrage is available here for those wanting more details- it opens up with BOMBARDIER stating the fact IT WAS NOT ALLOWED to bring in evidence to court- DCCA and the court ruled that only the narrow scope of the procurement code in HRS could be eluded to- NO OUTSIDE evidence such as what was presented in documents, telephone calls, meetings could be produced at the DCCA hearing and in court and in the appeal- WHY?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb1r7kzUnb4
on March 5,2014 | 03:27AM
Pukele wrote:
It is import to remember that no federal money will actually end up in Honolulu. The federal contribution will all go to trains, train controllers, elevators and escalators etc.
on March 4,2014 | 08:30PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Yes. The amount of the Federal contribution is exactly the same amount as the money we owe Ansaldo. These Federal dollars flow directly to Italy.
on March 5,2014 | 06:13AM
SteveToo wrote:
Oh goodie, Uncle Barry is going to take money from someone and give it to his "home town". LOL
on March 4,2014 | 09:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
Thank you China. Without you buying our US treasuries, we couldn't afford our Mufi Choo Choo. You help us build things out we can't afford. Hopefully our grandchildren will pay you back, but you'll be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar. Please encourage your tourist to ride it. There will be plenty of empty seats most of the time.
on March 4,2014 | 09:17PM
loio wrote:
obama is a tool
on March 4,2014 | 09:37PM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
Each time you hear of the City and County of Honolulu clamoring for a few million more in cash here and there to stay afloat and balance its budget, please take heed and resurrect THIS STORY about how the city fought and defended its right to fritter away $234 million- the media never covered the outcome from this hearing because at the time, Bombardier was still in court trying to SAVE us money....the hearing was 2 1/2 hours long and I condensed it into 19 bare bone minutes for you. You will be able to glean from the video the following information- NEVER BEFORE COVERED by the media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O3QFwHKOBI 1. DCCA and Circuit Court would not allow Bombardier to present evidence 2. Mayor deceived (lied) to public at press conference when award announced 3. City played "gotcha" 4. City broke procurement law- 48 hour notice and discussions /requisites 5. City covered up its negligence 6. City had contradicting language on indemnification "cap" in RFP 7. City never exclaimed it had a problem with Bombardier's proposal until AFTER the fact/disqualified So next time the city throws around the claim that it needs to raise $10 million here, $20 million there, think of the $234 million flushed down the toilet by DESIGN that no one in the city and their ilk gave a hoot about. A more revealing video - at one hour in length exposing the fraud /scam/scandal/outrage is available here for those wanting more details- it opens up with BOMBARDIER stating the fact IT WAS NOT ALLOWED to bring in evidence to court- DCCA and the court ruled that only the narrow scope of the procurement code in HRS could be eluded to- NO OUTSIDE evidence such as what was presented in documents, telephone calls, meetings could be produced at the DCCA hearing and in court and in the appeal- WHY?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb1r7kzUnb4
on March 5,2014 | 03:30AM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
KITV story linking funneling of money from the lobbyist to political campaigns that are pro rail.... http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/hart-awards-new-contract-to-dc-lobbying-firm/-/8905354/22481020/-/awevst/-/index.html Hawaii Pacific Business News Coverage- http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/morning_call/2013/10/honolulu-rail-project-signs-new.html?ana=e_lulu_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-10-17
on March 5,2014 | 03:36AM
bobstr wrote:
The democratic party has already announced they would not pass a budget this year, so getting the $$ isn't a done deal, most likely a continuation would result in the same amount as last year, or 55M.. Too bad....
on March 5,2014 | 04:34AM
palani wrote:
President Obama's proposed "budget" has already been declared DOA by his own Senate, so this entire article is meaningless.
on March 5,2014 | 05:30AM
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