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Update to rail plan is more than 2 years past due

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
A federally mandated blueprint that’s supposed to guide completion of the Honolulu rail transit line hasn’t been updated since 2012 — even though local officials pledged to do so by December 2014. Read More

Rail leaders criticized for delaying audit into rising costs

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Honolulu rail leaders are laboring to maintain public confidence in the project, yet their decision to defer an audit that would investigate how its price tag nearly doubled and its schedule got pushed back six years has critics crying foul. Read More

Council OKs $350 million in bond funding for rail

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am
The Honolulu City Council has authorized $350 million in city-backed bonds to keep existing rail work going — a shot of political support for the beleaguered transit project as the Legislature looks to bail it out later this summer. Read More

Legislators announce special session to hash out rail funding

Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm
This past spring, state lawmakers couldn’t reach a funding deal for rail despite devoting considerable time to the conundrum. Their stalemate even helped upend leadership in the Senate. Now the dates are set for them to try again. Read More

Legislators make little headway on settling rail funding

Updated on  July 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The clock is ticking, but state lawmakers say they haven’t made much progress yet on a special session that’s supposed to solve the rail crisis. Read More

Handi-Van faces crisis without fare hike, officials say

Updated on  July 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
For years, city transit officials have struggled to meet Oahu’s demand for Handi-Van service — a demand they say is the highest in the nation per capita. Read More

Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 8:58 am
The state’s lone blood supplier is pushing back in court against the city’s efforts to acquire the land fronting its Dillingham Boulevard offices for rail. Read More

Steady hand at HART is latest official to resign

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm
The agency overseeing the island’s financially troubled rail transit project is losing another key leader. Read More

Rail station strategy proves costly

Updated on  June 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
In 2015, amid mounting costs, Honolulu rail leaders boasted that their efforts to obtain lower bid prices were paying off. Read More

Special session to tackle rail funding

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 8:27 am
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced Monday that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

State lawmakers vow to hold special session on rail within next 2 months

Updated on  June 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced today that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

Deputy sheriffs are ousted from airport security detail

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm
The state Department of Transportation has ended its agreement with the Department of Public Safety to have deputy sheriffs handle law-enforcement duties at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Read More

Sharing of traffic center sparks rail discussion

Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Honolulu’s mayor used a tour of the island’s future traffic operations center, a city-funded facility that will house state agencies, to push for state leadership to help rescue the city’s massively over-budget rail transit project. Read More

Rail project is expected to bolster low-income housing

Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm
The state agency that manages public housing for low-income Hawaii residents is hoping to add thousands of housing units along the planned Honolulu rail route as the state struggles with a shortage of affordable housing and high rate of homelessness. Read More

Rail work continues with tests for station at airport

Updated on  June 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Even amid all of rail’s financial uncertainty, project officials are touting the work that continues to proceed farther east toward town. Read More

Council OKs bonds to keep rail work running

Updated on  June 8, 2017 at 10:23 am
Construction of Honolulu’s beleaguered rail project likely will proceed past January, now that it’s squeaked out a sixth, pivotal City Council vote required to float bonds and help keep the work on track. Read More

Rail hinges on bonds vote today

Updated on  June 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
The city’s troubled $10 billion rail project faces another critical vote today in the Honolulu City Council. Read More

Rail car tested along elevated guideway

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm
The public got its first glimpse of a train car moving along Oahu’s partly built elevated guideway Tuesday, as testing began on the vehicle in Leeward Oahu. Read More

Rail officials in bind over blood bank

Updated on  May 27, 2017 at 11:11 am
Rail officials this week struggled to explain why they filed an eminent domain lawsuit against the island’s lone blood supplier but then told city leaders the next day that they didn’t have an update on the matter. Read More

Rail board considers options for current and future costs

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm
Honolulu rail board members spent much of their Thursday meeting — the first since state lawmakers adjourned without a funding deal — debating how to cover the project’s short-term construction costs. Read More