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STAR-ADVERTISER / FEB. 2016
                                The city and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation filed an eminent domain suit against the Blood Bank of Hawaii over its property at 2043 Dillingham Blvd.

Rail officials in bind over blood bank

STAR-ADVERTISER / FEB. 2016
                                The city and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation filed an eminent domain suit against the Blood Bank of Hawaii over its property at 2043 Dillingham Blvd.

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
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Rail board considers options for current and future costs

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

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
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Hoyt Zia

Former Hawaiian Air exec to join HART board

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Hoyt Zia

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Insurance company executive Colbert Matsumoto is leaving the 10-member board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has tapped former Hawaiian Airlines’ executive Hoyt Zia to replace Matsumoto. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The state Legislature wrapped up its session at the state Capitol on Thursday. Sens. Kalani English, in foreground at right, Jill Tokuda, Clarence Nishihara and Rosalyn Baker talked to one another during a recess.

State Legislature marred by secrecy, maneuvering and epic fail on rail

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The state Legislature wrapped up its session at the state Capitol on Thursday. Sens. Kalani English, in foreground at right, Jill Tokuda, Clarence Nishihara and Rosalyn Baker talked to one another during a recess.

Updated on  May 7, 2017 at 9:53 am
It is an odd-numbered year so most voters probably won’t notice or remember, but this was not the finest hour for Hawaii’s elected officials, or for openness in government. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium.

Federal officials consider rail plan

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium.
Rail’s federal partners aren’t divulging yet how they’ll respond now that the state Legislature has failed to bail out Honolulu’s financially troubled transit project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                After the House closed Thursday, the new speaker, Rep. Scott Saiki, answered questions from the media.

Session ends with no train ticket

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                After the House closed Thursday, the new speaker, Rep. Scott Saiki, answered questions from the media.

Updated on  May 5, 2017 at 1:20 am
A divided state Legislature closed out the turbulent 2017 session and headed home Thursday without approving any bill to provide more funding for rail, but Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he plans to press lawmakers for a new rail funding agreement that could be ratified in a special session later this year. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Gov. David Ige spoke at a news conference Wednesday at his office in the state Capitol.

Ige scorns special session for rail

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Gov. David Ige spoke at a news conference Wednesday at his office in the state Capitol.

Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
Gov. David Ige rejected the notion Wednesday of extending the 2017 legislative session to try to salvage a rail-funding deal, calling it a “waste of time” if state legislators don’t already have an agreement in place. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Sen. Jill Tokuda, left, said Wednesday that she will be replaced as leader of the influential Ways and Means Committee. Donovan Dela Cruz, right, is her likely replacement, she said.

Tokuda out due to rail, Souki also to lose post

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Sen. Jill Tokuda, left, said Wednesday that she will be replaced as leader of the influential Ways and Means Committee. Donovan Dela Cruz, right, is her likely replacement, she said.

Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 8:58 am
House Speaker Joe Souki and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda are expected to be ousted from their positions of power today in an end-of-session leadership shakeup. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Reps. Henry Aquino and Sylvia Luke talked to the media Tuesday at the Capitol during lunch recess.

Dueling votes kill rail funding bill

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Reps. Henry Aquino and Sylvia Luke talked to the media Tuesday at the Capitol during lunch recess.

Updated on  May 3, 2017 at 12:31 am
Honolulu’s financially strapped rail project faces an even more uncertain future now that a controversial 11th-hour funding deal has crumbled in the state Legislature. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / DEC. 31, 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy. State lawmakers are still scrambling to craft a deal that would bail out Honolulu’s cash-strapped rail project.

Fate of rail funding bill in limbo as lawmakers float new proposals

STAR-ADVERTISER / DEC. 31, 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy. State lawmakers are still scrambling to craft a deal that would bail out Honolulu’s cash-strapped rail project.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm
State House and Senate lawmakers extended their fierce disagreement today over how to bail out the financially strapped Honolulu rail project, with senators proposing to extend the half-percent excise tax surcharge for rail for another decade, and the House rejecting that idea. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                City Council Chairman Ron Menor, at the microphone, spoke with the stakeholders of Honolulu’s rail project Monday during a news conference at City Hall to request that the Legislature amend the rail funding bill to extend the general excise tax surcharge.

Rail on track, report says, but funds in flux

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                City Council Chairman Ron Menor, at the microphone, spoke with the stakeholders of Honolulu’s rail project Monday during a news conference at City Hall to request that the Legislature amend the rail funding bill to extend the general excise tax surcharge.

Updated on  May 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm
Rail’s long-anticipated “recovery plan,” finally released Monday after several deadline extensions, touts building the full 20-mile system but still can’t answer exactly how the city will pay for it. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Rail officials unveil recovery plan

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  May 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm
Local rail officials released today their highly anticipated “recovery plan.” The 249-page report, which was due Sunday, leaves the main question of how to pay for the island’s cash-strapped transit project unresolved, but it looks to assure federal officials that the latest cost estimates and management are sound. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                Instead of extending the half-percent excise tax surcharge for rail as Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell urgently requested, lawmakers tentatively agreed Friday to raise the state’s hotel room tax for 10 years to bail out the city’s stunningly expensive rail project.

Rail stress caused legislative leaps

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                Instead of extending the half-percent excise tax surcharge for rail as Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell urgently requested, lawmakers tentatively agreed Friday to raise the state’s hotel room tax for 10 years to bail out the city’s stunningly expensive rail project.
Rail and the political turmoil that surrounds it helped steer the state Legislature into dramatic new positions last week on some longstanding, contentious issues, with results that startled even some of the politicians involved. Read More
DENNIS ODA / MARCH 10
                                A rail station is being built along Farrington Highway near Leoole Street in Waipahu.

Plan would raise hotel tax for rail

DENNIS ODA / MARCH 10
                                A rail station is being built along Farrington Highway near Leoole Street in Waipahu.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 10:37 pm
House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed to a plan to increase the state hotel room tax to 12 percent to raise an additional $1.3 billion for the Honolulu rail project, and also inject an extra $50 million a year into Hawaii’s public education system. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / DEC. 31, 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Parkway. State lawmakers who are trying to resolve the fate of the Honolulu rail funding tossed a new idea into the mix this morning by proposing to increase the state’s hotel room tax to raise $1.3 billion to help fund both the rail project and public education.

Lawmakers tentatively agree on proposal to raise hotel tax for rail, education

STAR-ADVERTISER / DEC. 31, 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line in East Kapolei along Kualakai Parkway. State lawmakers who are trying to resolve the fate of the Honolulu rail funding tossed a new idea into the mix this morning by proposing to increase the state’s hotel room tax to raise $1.3 billion to help fund both the rail project and public education.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm
House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed this afternoon to a plan to increase the state hotel room tax to 12 percent to raise $1.3 billion to help fund both the rail project and public education. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail — the rail that provides electric power for the train — for the HART rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 near Leeward Community College. This is the site where the LCC transit stop will eventually be built.

7-year tax extension pitched to fund rail

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail — the rail that provides electric power for the train — for the HART rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 near Leeward Community College. This is the site where the LCC transit stop will eventually be built.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 12:18 am
Lawmakers are once again eyeing a possible reorganization of the state Senate to try to clear the way to provide more funding for the city’s embattled rail project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium, as it approaches and is about to cross the Aiea Interchange No. 4 next to the Aiea Cemetery.

10-year tax idea for rail falters

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium, as it approaches and is about to cross the Aiea Interchange No. 4 next to the Aiea Cemetery.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm
Key state lawmakers gathered Wednesday to discuss a new plan to extend the Oahu excise tax surcharge for rail by another 10 years, but it isn’t clear whether the idea has the support it would need to win approval in either the Senate or the House. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Taxi package for Allison Travelers wait for ground transportation at the commuter terminal at Honolulu Airport in Honolulu.

Input sought on transit development

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Taxi package for Allison Travelers wait for ground transportation at the commuter terminal at Honolulu Airport in Honolulu.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm
The city is seeking input on its draft plan for transit-oriented development around the three rail stations in the Hono­lulu Airport area, including proposed new mixed-use communities not primarily centered on housing. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Cayetano ad asks Trump to halt federal rail funds

STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm
With rail’s future uncertain, former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda is key to the rail debate because as chairwoman of that committee, she controls appropriations and tax measures in the Senate. It is unclear yet whether the talk of removing her is a genuine reorganization effort or is designed to prod her into supporting more funding for rail.

Sen. Tokuda could face ouster over rail project

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda is key to the rail debate because as chairwoman of that committee, she controls appropriations and tax measures in the Senate. It is unclear yet whether the talk of removing her is a genuine reorganization effort or is designed to prod her into supporting more funding for rail.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm
The pressure on state lawmakers to provide extra funding to bail out the Honolulu rail project has become so intense that some senators are reportedly lining up votes in a power play that could sideline Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda. Read More

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