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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The trio of two-story buildings that make up the Kenrock Buildings complex at 1400 Kapiolani Blvd. is an example of post-World War II modernist architecture.

Transit boom claims another site

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The trio of two-story buildings that make up the Kenrock Buildings complex at 1400 Kapiolani Blvd. is an example of post-World War II modernist architecture.

Updated on  February 23, 2017 at 12:20 am
A wave of high-rise development plans on or near Kapiolani Boulevard close to one end of the city’s envisioned rail line just got bigger with a local developer’s purchase Wednesday of three two-story commercial buildings in the area. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Briefing from feds about rail appears doubtful

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 12:43 am
State lawmakers say they’re unlikely to get the briefing they want from the city rail system’s federal partners before they must decide what to do about Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell delivered his fifth State of the City address from Honolulu Hale on Thursday.

Mayor proposes incentives to build more affordable units

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell delivered his fifth State of the City address from Honolulu Hale on Thursday.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell made his pitch for more affordable housing and finishing the city’s troubled rail project at his fifth State of the City address Thursday evening. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Rail project saving $140M on power-line clearance

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 11:32 am
Local rail officials and Hawaiian Electric Co. say they’ve agreed to a cheaper fix for many of the utility-line clearance problems that have plagued Oahu’s elevated transit project, saving about $140 million. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Rail tax bills progress at Legislature

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Bills that would extend Oahu’s rail tax easily advanced in both Legislative chambers Wednesday, but the measures now face tougher scrutiny in the House and Senate’s money committees. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Plan to give state more rail funds lives

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm
The contentious proposal to spend a share of Oahu rail tax dollars on state transportation projects is still alive in the state Senate after all. Read More
COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Don’t give more money for rail

COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm
It’s good to hear there is still hope that smarter heads will prevail to avoid the rail disaster lurching on to Honolulu. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Sandra Pfund, left, Marc Alexander

Mayor picks transportation, land, housing officials

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Sandra Pfund, left, Marc Alexander

Updated on  February 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm
Veteran civil and traffic engineer Wes Frysztacki has been picked by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to lead the city’s Department of Transportation Services. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Rail surcharge kickback rejected by senators

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Key Hawaii state senators are moving against the deal proposed last week that would extend Oahu’s rail tax in exchange for the city relinquishing a share of those rail dollars to the state for neighbor island projects. Read More
COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Advocates of ground-level rail pitch their plan to lawmakers

COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Updated on  February 5, 2017 at 10:36 am
With rail facing its gravest fiscal crisis yet, a local cadre that once advocated bringing the elevated transit system down to street level in town is reviving that idea — and it’s taking its pitch directly to state lawmakers. Read More
STAR ADVERTISER / 2016
                                “I think right now it’s questionable whether we will get the surcharge extended. I’m very concerned. I think we’re having a harder time than two years ago, and it’s all based on the fact that there’s no trust, that the numbers given have changed dramatically.” 
                                Kirk Caldwell
                                Honolulu’s mayor dangled the possibility of sharing more of the rail excise tax surcharge with the state

Mayor proposes larger share of rail tax for state

STAR ADVERTISER / 2016
                                “I think right now it’s questionable whether we will get the surcharge extended. I’m very concerned. I think we’re having a harder time than two years ago, and it’s all based on the fact that there’s no trust, that the numbers given have changed dramatically.” 
                                Kirk Caldwell
                                Honolulu’s mayor dangled the possibility of sharing more of the rail excise tax surcharge with the state

Updated on  February 1, 2017 at 12:30 am
If state lawmakers will agree to extend the half-percent excise tax surcharge on Oahu to provide desperately needed funding for the city’s rail project, the city would be willing to share the tax revenues from that surcharge with the state, according to a pitch made Tuesday by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ron Menor. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell wasn’t able to tell state lawmakers how much it will cost to build the city’s full 20-mile rail line, but he suggested rounding estimates of about $9.5 billion up to $10 billion.

Legislators grill city on need for rail tax extension

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell wasn’t able to tell state lawmakers how much it will cost to build the city’s full 20-mile rail line, but he suggested rounding estimates of about $9.5 billion up to $10 billion.

Updated on  January 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm
Key state lawmakers say they need more answers on just how much of rail’s giant $1.4 billion contingency pot the city really needs before they’ll consider approving another tax extension to rescue the project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Officials currently estimate that it could cost about $9.5 billion to build Oahu’s elevated rail system. It faces an approximately $3 billion budget shortfall and an estimated six-year delay on its full opening.

Trump lists top projects, omitting Oahu’s rail line

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Officials currently estimate that it could cost about $9.5 billion to build Oahu’s elevated rail system. It faces an approximately $3 billion budget shortfall and an estimated six-year delay on its full opening.

Updated on  January 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Honolulu rail has not been included in the Trump administration’s top 50 infrastructure projects — despite being one of the nation’s largest and most expensive transit projects. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                Thousands of plastic pads, or shims, must be replaced along the first 11 miles of elevated track on Honolulu’s rail system.

Kiewit will cover entire cost of replacing faulty rail parts

DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                Thousands of plastic pads, or shims, must be replaced along the first 11 miles of elevated track on Honolulu’s rail system.

Updated on  January 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm
Kiewit Infrastructure West will cover the cost to replace thousands of plastic pads along rail’s first 11 miles of elevated track, project officials say, after crews discovered that many of those pads were already cracking years before the system starts running. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 2016
                                House Speaker Joe Souki said he will not support Gov. David Ige’s proposal for increases in the state gasoline tax, vehicle weight tax and registration fees to help funding for statehighway maintenance and construction.

House speaker wants city to help fund rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 2016
                                House Speaker Joe Souki said he will not support Gov. David Ige’s proposal for increases in the state gasoline tax, vehicle weight tax and registration fees to help funding for statehighway maintenance and construction.

Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm
House Speaker Joe Souki says he supports plans to make the half-percent excise tax surcharge for the Honolulu rail project permanent, and wants to use money from the surcharge toextend the rail line to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but only on one condition: Souki says the city must contribute its own funding to help pay to build the project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Parkway in December.

Council considers repeal of its rail-spending limit

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Parkway in December.

Updated on  January 5, 2017 at 1:45 am
The Honolulu City Council might further demonstrate its support for another tax extension to rescue the island’s troubled transit project by repealing the rail-spending limit it enacted last year. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell received a hug from his wife, Donna Tanoue, after his swearing-in ceremony at McCoy Pavilion on Tuesday in Ala Moana Regional Park. At left is their daughter, Maya.

Mayor and Menor to focus on rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell received a hug from his wife, Donna Tanoue, after his swearing-in ceremony at McCoy Pavilion on Tuesday in Ala Moana Regional Park. At left is their daughter, Maya.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Both Mayor Kirk Caldwell and newly installed City Council Chairman Ron Menor called finding the funding to complete the city’s 20-mile rail line their top priority over the next few years. Read More
DENNIS ODA / JULY 6
                                The elevated rail line was under construction along Kamehameha Highway, past Aloha Stadium, in July. This year, work will push past the stadium, approaching the airport and Middle Street.

New chief, rising costs will shape year for rail

DENNIS ODA / JULY 6
                                The elevated rail line was under construction along Kamehameha Highway, past Aloha Stadium, in July. This year, work will push past the stadium, approaching the airport and Middle Street.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm
In 2015, shortly before state lawmakers approved the five-year tax extension that Honolulu rail leaders said would likely be more than enough to finish the project, Mayor KirkCaldwell pressed for more money — just in case. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the construction of Honolulu’s rail transit line as seen from the Aiea interchange looking toward the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Support completion of rail transit line

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the construction of Honolulu’s rail transit line as seen from the Aiea interchange looking toward the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm
In a few days, the gavels in the state House and Senate chambers will fall and our Legislature will be back in session. Read More

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